Sometimes an office space should remain an office space, but Charlie Pasquier and Chas Kubis took a chance, and so far it's working out well.
Pasquier and Kubis recently opened Goat Mountain Pizza at 215 W. Holly St., near Film is Truth. For years the space had been occupied by office-type tenants, but one day Kubis saw the space and immediately thought it could work as a restaurant. They both wanted a downtown spot, and once they looked around inside, they knew they had their spot.
"The wood beams and brick walls are beautiful, and the space has a cozy energy to it," Pasquier said.
The pizza place has a bit of a twist when it comes to ordering - customers choose the size of the slice and the price is determined by weight. With several choices available, customers can put in a sampler-style order rather than committing to a slice of one type of pizza.
So far the concept has worked out well; the biggest problem for the restaurant in the first few weeks is running out of dough for the pizza crust before closing time.
"We're trying to keep up by scooting things around in the fridge to fit in more dough," Pasquier said with a laugh.
With the pizza made from scratch each day, the restaurant posts its menu on Facebook. Popular dishes so far include a bacon/potato/truffle sauce combination, and a caramelized onion/bacon pizza.
"Bellingham (residents) seem pretty adventurous when it comes to our pizza," Pasquier said. "Most want to try something new."
Pasquier was living in Belgium and had been cooking there for some time when he and his wife began discussing where they wanted to live. Pasquier's sister attended Western Washington University and he enjoyed his visits to Bellingham. Kubis, a neighbor in Belgium, followed suit.
In the first few weeks of being open, Pasquier said they want to let the community determine what type of place it should be. With a mezzanine area that overlooks Holly Street, they expect it to be a place where customer hang out and people-watch while enjoying their pizza.
"We want to let it evolve into what folks want it to be," Pasquier said.
The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. It's closed Sunday and Monday. For details, check out its Facebook page or call 360-510-6336.
A state liquor license application was filed for a new nightclub at 311 E. Holly St., in the former Time in Play Cafe near the YMCA. The proposed nightclub's name is Stella, and the applicants are Henri-Claude Deguchi, Ralph Pierce and Gavin Rosenkilde.
An application was filed to serve beer and wine at Pickford's Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave.
Boat dealer Breakwater Marine has closed its Ferndale location. The dealership opened in October 2010 at 5330 LaBounty Drive. It still has locations in Seattle and Everett.
A city permit application was filed to remodel the former College Store space at Sehome Village Shopping Center, 320 36th St.
A permit was issued to demolish a steel warehouse building at 1010 Railroad Ave., an area where apartment development is taking place.
Permits were issued to put in a Things Remembered store in Bellis Fair. Things Remembered is a national retailer that specializes in personalized gifts.
At 3120 Howe Place, near the new Barkley movie theater, a permit was issued for a two-story medical/dental building.
A $300,000 renovation was recently completed at Poppe's 360 Neighborhood Pub at Best Western Lakeway Inn in Bellingham. Renovations include a covered outdoor patio and new furniture, upholstery, lighting and televisions. The menu has also changed, with a new lineup of martinis and 12 beers on tap. A grand re-opening celebration will be 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
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