This is a great example of a citizen identifying a problem, thinking of a solution, then picking up the shovel and getting to work. Thanks go to Tom Douglas for giving the community an example of how business and the community can make a difference without the dawdling support of local government.
Concerned by crime and neglect around Pike Place Market, local celebrity chef Tom Douglas is reaching for any Northwest cook’s go-to solution: salmon.
Douglas is applying next month to launch a weekend “Salmon Night” at Victor Steinbrueck Park. He’d roast salmon and sell it for about $12 a plate at the park on weekend nights and spend the proceeds on additional security for the park.
His vision: “If you’re going to Hawaii, you have to go to a luau,” he said. “If you’re going to Seattle, you have to go to a salmon bake at Steinbrueck Park.”
A salmon night would serve 250 people, he said, and could include a bonfire, Native American dancers or other presentations about the area’s history and culture.