For those who have a hankering for Dashi noodles, the wait is almost over.
Josh Silverman is planning to open Dashi Noodle Bar sometime this week at its new permanent space in the Dahlquist Building on North State Street, near the Holly Street intersection. Once open, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
The noodle bar was a popular place in its temporary space on Unity Street and has been a fixture at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Silverman said the original menu will be expanded. The restaurant also plans on selling beer and wine and have seating for about 30 people.
Getting the noodle bar open has taken much longer than Silverman expected. He wanted it to be open in the Dahlquist building last summer, but both he and Acme Foodworks discovered that renovating the 105-year-old building was much more challenging than expected.
"We thought we could use some parts of the building, but it turned out we needed to gut a lot of it," Silverman said.
They were able to save some of the original fir wood floor and were able to use reclaimed wood from a bowling alley to construct the tables and the countertop.
Dashi Noodle Bar is sharing the building with Acme Foodworks, which split off from Acme Farms & Kitchen. Acme Foodworks is having a grand opening event/fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26, with tickets priced at $25 (details can be found on the Acme Foodworks' Facebook page).
Co-owner Cara Piscitello said the goal of Acme Foodworks is to create a local food center, including a community-supported kitchen. The kitchen will be available for rent, and the space will have a variety of classes and events.
Acme Foodworks also is interested in starting a food market in the building that would allow vendors to sell locally produced food seven days a week. Piscitello said cheese and beer would be examples of products she thinks would do well. She's hoping to have something in place by this spring.
"All of our energy to this point has been in getting the building and the kitchen ready," said Piscitello, adding that now that the kitchen is ready they can spend more time on the food market idea. Those interested in being food market tenants can contact Piscitello by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The building also will serve as Acme's distribution center. The company works with local farms, and customers can put in orders online to have food either delivered or for pickup.
Plans are still in the works to convert the second and third floors into condominiums. The upper levels have drawn interest but nothing has been finalized, said Joe Hoppis, a real estate agent for The Muljat Group.
NEW CONSIGNMENT STORE OPENING IN BIRCH BAY
Katie Montague and her cousin, Gina Weigum, are planning to bring a new children's consignment store to Birch Bay.
Katie's Corner is expected to open sometime in mid-February, said Weigum. Along with children's clothes, the store will offer furniture, strollers and toys. It will be at 4823 Alderson Road, near The C Shop.
In consulting with some parents in the community, Weigum said the most popular requests included having a clean place that offers nicer products as well as having a play area for kids.
"We want to make it a fun place for both parents and the children," Weigum said.
The store is currently taking consignment items by appointment. For details, call Weigum at 360-303-2769.
Dee's Country Diner at 4823 Alderson Road in Birch Bay has closed.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for BRIX Health & Wellness Club at 4184 Cordata Parkway (in the former Avenue Pita space, near DQ and the Department of Licensing). The grand opening celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. The ribbon cutting is being organized by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry. In addition to selling more than 30 flavors of smoothies, BRIX also offers weight loss challenges, nutrition classes, wellness evaluations and personalized coaching.
Lucky Monkey, a gift shop at 114 W. Magnolia St. (near the Daisy Cafe), will be moving soon to a new location, the owner announced on Facebook. The post mentioned that the new space hadn't been finalized yet, but Facebook fans will be kept up to date.
Go! Calendars, Games & Toys named its store in Bellingham as the Calendar Store of the Year. James and Amanda Hagarty, operators of the store at Bellis Fair, received $2,500 for winning the award. The store at the mall opened in September and will close by the end of the month.
Heath Tecna on 3225 Woburn St. has filed for a tenant improvement permit to remodel about 22,600 square feet of space and add an 8,500-square-foot second floor that will be office space.
Café Rumba at 1140 N. State St. recently had its state liquor license approved and is now selling beer and wine to go with its Peruvian menu.
The consignment store Labels has submitted permit applications to remodel its new James Street spot (the former Al's Honda building at 2332 James St.). Nearby, on 2336 James St., an application was filed to put in a nail salon.
A permit was submitted to put in a 7-Eleven at 141 Samish Way.
Permits were improved for The Hair Art Studio, which is going in at 109 Prospect St. in Bellingham.
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