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Potlatch Bistro changes service style to evolve with the state of the industry

New lunch program requirements

Series: Coronavirus | Story 358

Last updated 9/9/2021 at 10:04am

Potlatch Bistro

The Potlatch Bistro will no longer offer table service due a slowing in business and in an effort to reduce labor costs.

Shubert Ho's Potlatch Bistro at the Edmonds Waterfront Center has switched to a counter-service model Aug. 30 as it needs to cut down on labor costs and has had to deal with supply changes.

"The Potlatch Bistro will be providing the same great meals with a more casual service style like their sister restaurant the Mark-Ket," Ho said.

"Popular items like the fish and chips, smash burger and chicken salad will remain on the menu, along with a rotating menu of seasonal dishes. New items to come will include a grilled salmon entrée over garlic whipped potatoes and steamed vegetables, or our award-winning chowder once served at Salt & Iron."

Ho said featured items will be announced online.

"Shubert Ho and his team and the EWC have been working in partnership to provide delicious food and quality service," said Waterfront Center CEO Daniel Johnson. "We have also been committed to creating a sustainable business model."

Johnson said the switch was due to COVID "and the gradual ramp-up for any new restaurant."

The changes include:

• No reservations required unless you are a party of six or more;

• When you enter, go to the kitchen counter, and place your order. If you are participating in the senior lunch program, you must check in at the EWC reception area, give your donation, and get your ticket before ordering at the counter;

• Find a table and be seated;

• Your meal will be delivered to you; and

• When you finish, the EWC said it "appreciates your help in busing your table."

In addition, due to the popularity of the senior lunch program and the EWC's need to be able to sustain the program for the long term, Johnson said there are new guidelines for those eligible for the program.

New senior lunch eligibility requirements:

• A current senior lunch program registration form on file with EWC;

• Diner must be present to receive meal (take out or dine-in);

• Program is for those 60 and older; ID is required upon request;

• One senior lunch meal is allotted per person, per day; and

• You must live in Edmonds, Brier, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, portions of Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County, or Shoreline

"We appreciate your patience and understanding," said Johnson. "The EWC and Potlatch Bistro are committed to sustaining a program where all in the community can dine together regardless of income. In order to make this a viable long-term program, we feel these changes must be made."

For more information about eligibility and other requirements, contact Michelle Reitan at 425-954-2523 or [email protected]


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