How an Alliance Helps Pioneer Square Small Businesses Persevere

There was a bit of a buzz yesterday afternoon in Pioneer Square. With the Mariners game wrapping up at T-Mobile Park a mere two hours before the Sounders were set to play at Lumen Field, baseball and soccer fans criss-crossed on the cobblestone walks near the stadiums. Some stopped at Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar, slurping and sipping. Others downed beers outside the Quality Athletics Field House. Generally speaking, patios teemed with patrons.

Still, for all the sunshine on this Sunday, the foot traffic couldn’t obscure the emptiness in the shadows of Occidental Park’s urban canopy. Gone for good were businesses like Copal, a Latin American–inspired restaurant at the corner of Occidental Avenue and South

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