Just off Mercer Street near Interstate 5, South Lake Union's restaurants are taking a hit because of the Mercer construction project.

It's a sea of orange cones and detour signs leading to Chandler's Cove, a lakeside enclave of yahts for sale and upscale restaurants.

Daniel's Broiler and Chandler's are facing a 5 percent drop in sales since the Mercer construction started. But Schwartz Brothers executive Tom Lavaris looks on the bright side: In the long run, it will be good for us and good for the area, he said.

The city has stepped in to help. The Seattle Department of Transportation has built a new entrance to Chandler's Cove at Terry Street. We want to do everything we can to help those businesses, said Mayor Mike McGinn. As it turns out some impacts are unavoidable.

Add to the impacts, the start of the Boats Afloat Show, which draw big crowds to South Lake Union. For the first time, the annual event is offering parking vouchers.

We are just trying to alleviate the confusion, said event coordinator Bonnie Robertson.

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