Seattle restaurant closed due to COVID-19 violations

SEATTLE — King County has shut down the Flowers Bar & Restaurant due to repeated COVID-19 policy violations.

Flowers Bar & Restaurant is located in the University District and has been open for the past 30 years.

The notice from the department of health, dated May 3, lists reasons for the closure as a lack of use of face coverings by restaurant staff and customers, lack of maintaining social distancing requirements and consistently exceeding occupancy limits.

KIRO 7 has reached out to the owner, Fami Hamade, for a statement.

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The list of reported violations from the public health department that began in August of last year included a note for May 1, 2021 where Mr. Hamade is reported as saying he does “not care about people, not care government orders, and COVID-19 Safety Regulations.”

According to the release from the public health department, the restaurant may not reopen or serve food until approved in writing by the department.

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