To Our Community,
We are writing to be as fully transparent as we can be to let you know of the next steps we are taking to still be standing when we reach the other side of this pandemic. We are fairly certain that restrictions will not be loosened until after the New Year. At Prima we have 5 tables on the patio, and even if those are full all day every day (which they aren’t), along with a decent take out business, it’s just not enough. When indoor dining closed we immediately knew it would not be sustainable. If we can stop this bleed right now, then we will be in the best position to successfully reopen immediately when restrictions are loosened. So for this reason, given no changes are made at the state level before December 14th, we will more or less be putting Prima into hibernation after service on December 13th.
We will move all efforts down to Saltwater and Salt & Sea Provisions. We will really ramp up the offerings in the provisions market during the holiday season. Both Prima and Saltwater items will continue to grow and change. We will continue to work out of the Prima kitchen to produce Prima favorites that you can find in the grab and go case. Let us know what you’d like to see! Stay tuned for other items that we may be able to offer with pre-order out of the Prima kitchen. Seabiscuit will continue to produce the amazing baked goods and we will expand the hours that you’ll be able to grab those goodies. Saltwater will go back to take out only with a more limited menu and the tent will be available for you to enjoy your goodies with a take out drink (there will not be any table service for the time being). We’ve been adding to our bottled wine selections and pre-batched cocktails. We’ll be offering holiday cookie boxes and pies as the holiday draws nearer, and are continuing to find fun little gifty things to fill in the shop. We will not offer pre-orders on holiday pies as this would be too much for us to handle at this time.
We again have to lay off a large number of staff – this time right before the holidays and it is agonizing. We would love to see you all over the next week. Fill up those reservations at Prima for us (360-221-4060)! Purchase a gift card (we have a promotion going on now – $100 gets you $120 to use at Saltwater for any of the Saltwater or Salt & Sea offerings, or at Prima to use when we reopen). Tip BIG this week as much of our staff will be going back onto unemployment which is under 70% of their average pay. Thank you for all you have done to get us this far and thank you for what I know you will all continue to do to support us and our local economy. Keep shopping local. We know that restaurants are a big part of the draw of bringing people into town to shop…so as the restaurant offerings and hours in Langley seem to be across the board shrinking, please make an extra effort to grow your support of our local shopkeepers. For the time being we will see you down at Saltwater and Salt & Sea Provisions and we can’t wait to welcome you back into Prima as soon as we can.
Thank you, From all of us in the Prima & Saltwater Family