New Bellingham restaurant offers waterfront dining

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 2, 2013 

Loft Restaurant

Waitress Monica Morrow serves lunch to Mona and Karl Reineking at the new Loft restaurant at Squalicum Harbor, formerly home to Bayside Cafe. The Loft is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BELLINGHAM - Residents have a new option when it comes to waterfront dining.

On Saturday, July 27, The Loft at Latitude 48.5 had a soft opening at its remodeled building at 1801 Roeder Ave., in the former Bayside Café space.

Currently the restaurant's hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, but the plan is to add a Friday-through-Sunday breakfast menu later this month, said Sandy Kolbeins, who owns the business with Jeff Holmes.

The owners have spent much of the first seven months remodeling the space. The remodel includes installing roll-up doors with views of the marina, hardwood floors and furniture made from reclaimed wood. It also has a new bar.

The menu will have a variety of items, particularly fresh seafood. That includes items such as a Dungeness crab corn chowder and ahi tuna tacos. Non-seafood items include curry bowls. The restaurant also has a children's menu. Overall they are going for a Pacific Northwest flavor, Kolbeins said.

Kolbeins and Holmes have experience remodeling restaurants: They remodeled and operate a Poulsbo restaurant called The Loft at Latitude 47.7.

This one took some time to remodel, but Kolbeins said they appreciated the welcome they received while being new to Bellingham.

"This community seems to be rooting for us to do well, which has been great," he said.

The previous tenant, The Bayside Café, closed in October after being open 18 years.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Business blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/business or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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