Restaurants are set to open in Olympia this summer.
The city has a lot of potential, but it has to work with it, said Amy Leinonen, chief operating officer of the Olympia Chamber of Commerce.
It needs to be prepared for it to be a big deal, and that includes building up their menus and opening more places.
“We need to be able to accommodate that.
So restaurants should be open at least four days a week.
We need to make sure that they have the right menu.
So if we don’t have a restaurant open at 6 a.m. or 7 a.k.m., then there’s a possibility of people going elsewhere.
We don’t want people to be forced to go elsewhere because of what they’re eating.”
We need restaurants to be available, we need to have a menu that’s inviting.
That means having a place that people can go in and have a good meal.
We’re going to have to work through it.
“Olympia has been struggling with food deserts and the need for more restaurants, but Leinnen said it’s important to make restaurants accessible for the city’s most vulnerable.
For a year, Olympia has been looking to get more restaurants in.
We have a lot more restaurants than we do parking spaces.
And we’ve been doing a lot with food-distribution centers and those sorts of things, she said.
We want to be very open to being able to attract people into the city and not just having restaurants in the city that aren’t serving the best.”
But we also have to be mindful of that because if you’re not serving the city the best, if you don’t serve the community the best then you’re going not to attract as many people.
So we’ve got to be ready to adapt to that.
“And we need more restaurants.”
There are a lot less options for restaurants than there are for bars.
The city can’t have the best food or drinks, but they’re a big part of what makes it special.
So it’s really important to try to figure out how we can accommodate those people,” she said, adding that Olympia needs to figure itself out.