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Photo Caption: Ezell’s Famous Chicken continues to serve fresh, mouth watering dishes throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The coronavirus crisis will dramatically affect the Pacific Northwest economy.The trade war has already harmed Oregon and Washington’s economy…and COVID-19 is now threatening jobs, air travel, restaurants, small businesses and pretty much the entire economy. Financial experts are predicting a recession.

So now, more than ever, it is important to support your favorite restaurant and small business. For example, many restaurants are offering home delivery or curbside service. Small business are also offering a variety of delivery services. One of the best ways to support local business is to purchase a gift certificate.

Here are a few examples of Northwest businesses who are coping with current conditions by offering special deals and services:

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering this deal to parents, guardians and caregivers: when you place an order for an adult entree, you can add one Kids Rule Meals for Free. Flatbread restaurants in Salt Lake City and Bend, Oregon are offering take out and delivery only. Flatbread is also launching a gift card promotion: Purchase $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card. You can purchase these on-line at or at

Cowgirl Cash is a Western Vintage Boutique that strives to be authentic, practical. They buy and sell unique items that fit the Bend lifestyle. Cowgirl boots, easy to wear jewelry, pearl snap shirts, pretty dresses that match cowgirl boots and cool old buckles. The boutique has closed its brick and mortar store but, for each $50 gift certificate purchased, will ad and additional $10 to the value. They will also wrap and ship your purchases for free. They can also deliver to your door step if you live in a Bend or surrounding community. For information go to Cowgirl Cash online, email or call 541-678-5162.

Portlanders hold Pok Pok restaurants dear to their hearts. Chef and owner Andy Ricker has lived, traveled, cooked and eaten extensively in Thailand and neighboring countries. Ricker is also a two time James Beard Award winner and best selling cookbook author. Pok Pok is currently closed but when it opens again, be sure to try Pok Pok’s signature dish, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, a half dozen fresh whole natural chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramintrovfelized Vietnamese fish sauce and garlic and served with Do Chua (pickled vegetables.)  Check out Pok Pok online…and while you’re at it take a look at Ricker’s book POK POK Noodles featuring his favorite recipes for noodle soups, fried noodles, and khanom jiin, Thailand’s only indigenous noodle.

Beaches Restaurant in Vancouver, Washington is known for its watery atmosphere, wood-fired pizza, coconut shrimp and Columbia River Views. Beaches is temporarily closed, however, the Beaches team is offering takeout and delivery. Menu and gift cards available at Beaches online. Call 360-699-1592 and Beaches staff will deliver to your car window ? #beaches #curbsidepickup #vanwa.

Restaurateur Vo Chiem brings 25 years of restaurant experience to Kung POW!, located on Northwest 21st Street in Portland. Kung POW! delivers some of the best and most authentic Chinese dishes and atmosphere in Portland. Cheim’s motto: Simplistic Approach. Bold Flavor. Vegan Friendly. Visit Kung POW! online for home delivery.

Breakside Brewery’s Milwaukie and Portland, Oregon, locations are closed to dine-in business but moving forward with beer and food to go orders. “We are putting all our beer to go at 20% off retail for everyone,” states the Breakside website. “If you’ve recently lost your job or had your income cut because of this mess, it’s 30% off retail. Kegs at our Milwaukie Taproom will also be $10 off and $20 off for those impacted by the virus.” For info, go to Breakside online.

The founders of Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that the public would love ever since it opened its first location 36 years ago in Seattle. Their recipes called for using high quality ingredients and preparing everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get customers to just try it once, and they would return for more. Ezell’s Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and developed a loyal following throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today, there are several locations, a dedicated catering division, and two mobile food trucks to serve the growing customer base. As with all restaurants in Washington State, Ezell’s dine-in seating is closed for now. However, you can order their mouth watering southern-style chicken, fresh-baked rolls and homemade side dishes for take-out or delivery. To order, visit Ezell’s Famous Chicken online.  

Anthony’s Restaurants is a family of fresh seafood restaurants known to diners throughout the Pacific Northwest.  The company showcases Northwest cuisine in venues ranging from relaxed dinner houses to casual dining restaurants as well as traditional “to go” Fish ‘n Chip bars.  Anthony’s has closed all restaurants until further notice, however, diners can take advantage of a free $10 gift card with each $50 worth of gift cards purchased. The offer—good through April 15—is redeemable at any Anthony’s location. Order the Anthony’s gift card online.