From our sister site The White Center Blog:

Tara Scott, owner of the Taradise Café in White Center, announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19, and has closed the bar.

Scott announced on Facebook on Sunday, July 26, that she and her assistant “were unknowingly exposed to the Coronavirus outside of the bar on or around July 12, 2020. Following this exposure, I worked at Taradise from July 13 through July 15 due to my lack of awareness that I had been exposed.”

The following day, Scott says that she traveled out of town. On July 18, while traveling, she discovered that she had been exposed. She then returned to West Seattle, where she has been in quarantine.

“As soon as I learned of my exposure, I also promptly informed each individual that I was in contact with between the time of exposure and the realization that I had in fact been exposed,” she said. “I was tested the following morning on July 19.”

Scott says that she then went to Taradise to do required tills, and to sanitize the bar.

“I took adequate precautions by wearing a mask and gloves while present in the bar,” she said. “On July 22, I received my positive test result. This has been a scary and difficult time for me and my family, and I do not take this lightly. I would like to reiterate that since I learned of my exposure on July 18, I have not had any social contact.”

Shortly thereafter, Scott says she learned that one of her bartenders had also been exposed from her significant other.

“I made the decision to close Taradise until further notice because I recognize the social responsibility we have to one another during this global pandemic,” she said. “We will remain closed until I can assure that our staff and patrons are healthy. The safety of our community is my utmost priority. Upon reopening, we will restrict seating to outdoors, in line with the new state mandate.”

Scott adds:

“My heart hurts for anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19. This pandemic is both isolating and painful, and I have learned this firsthand as I am very ill. I thank you for your support and understanding as I navigate these unforeseen times of struggle.”

Taradise Café is located at 9808 16th Ave SW in White Center, in the location that once housed Marv’s Broiler: