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Our two restaurants, The Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun, cater to both Seattle residents and tourists. Hardly a day goes by without tourists commenting about how filthy our downtown is and locals expressing concern about their safety downtown. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Pike Street between First and Second.

Fortunately, significant progress is being made to change that. The proposed hotel at First and Pike will add to improvements that have been made and renovations currently in progress, and will be a great asset to the neighborhood. For some residents of the Newmark Tower, a building that houses Target — anything but an independent, family-owned business — to object to this hotel under the guise that it will detract from the market entrance is disingenuous at best.

Charles Finkel, The Pike Brewing Company