Date: June 1, 2020


Owner Bret Wirta, General Manager Linda Donaghy and Black Bear Diner staff with face masks prepared safely to re-open the diner for business.

(Sequim, WA) The Black Bear Diner re-opened for inside dining this morning under Governor Jay Inslee’s new Safe Start Washington decree.

Said General Manager, Linda Donaghy, “We are so excited to welcome back our customers.” According to Donaghay the dining room has all the required social distancing guidelines in place including customer-seating spaced 6 feet apart, party size limited to five, and all employees wearing masks and gloves. Customers are required to wear a mask until they are seated. Free masks are available.

Bret Wirta, Owner, said, “We have always taken food preparation, serving and clean-up seriously. Today our cooks are back preparing delicious meals, and our staff is serving them with the same cheerful, helpful attitude, except now we are taking all the additional precautions. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you are as safe as possible while eating at the Black Bear Diner.”

In-house dining had been suspended across the state since the Governor’s decree on March 16th .

“This feels like the start of getting back to normal,” said Donaghay.

The Black Bear Diner, Sequim is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm for in-house or take-out dining. More at