It took longer than expected, but the Soy House Restaurant is ready to open its second Bellingham eatery.
The new downtown Vietnamese restaurant is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9. It's in the former Boss Tweed building at 400 W. Holly St. and is about four times larger than its other restaurant in Bakerview Square.
Owner Tony Nguyen originally hoped to open it earlier this summer but decided to make some significant changes to the floor layout, said Tam Bratt, Nguyen's sister.
"It took longer than we thought, so we appreciated how patient customers have been," Bratt said. "We've had a lot of customers rooting us on. They are excited to see us get open."
Much of the changes revolve around traffic flow inside the restaurant: Instead of having customers enter the restaurant near the kitchen, the main entrance is now in the central part of the building leading directly into the seating area. Changes also were done to the parking area, and this restaurant will have outdoor seating.
While the building has changed, Soy House's menu will remain the same at both restaurants. Bratt said they are considering adding some weekend specials, including gluten-free dishes.
The downtown restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bratt said they are debating on whether to be open Sundays. For more information and updates, visit their Facebook page or call 360-393-4857.
The Black Pearl restaurant on Railroad Avenue has closed. According to a note on the front door, the restaurant closed due to "unavoidable circumstances." Nosh Yusufali, whose daughter Laila owns the company, said it is a building-related issue that has prevented them from operating the restaurant. They hope to have the issue resolved soon. The company's other two restaurants in the Barkley and Bakerview areas remain open for business.
We've Got the Scoop, an ice cream shop in Blaine, is now closed for the season and will reopen in the spring. The Birch Bay Waterslides is also closed for the season and is schedule to reopen Memorial Day weekend. Birch Bay Pizza, which is inside the facility, will remain open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
TCBY is opening a second location in Bellingham. The new spot will be in Bellis Fair mall's food court area. Earlier this year TCBY opened a frozen yogurt eatery in the Barkley district, near the movie theater.
A Bellingham tenant improvement permit was issued for a deli to go into 113 N. Samish Way. The new business is called Goodfellers Gourmet Grinders.
An application was filed to start putting in the foundation for a new mixed-use building at 1140 10th St., near Fairhaven's Village Green.
A retail store has recently gone through some significant changes on Bakerview Square. What was originally known as Damsel Clothing is now a second 4 Starrs Boutique. Inside the store has a "Damsel" room that is geared toward special occasions, focusing on women's formal wear, including designer bridal gowns, bridesmaid and prom dresses, said manager Hanna Bowler. The store also will have some clothing regularly seen at the 4 Starrs store in Fairhaven. For details, visit Damsel Clothing on Facebook.
Another Halloween seasonal store is coming to Bellingham. Halloween City "coming soon" signs are up at 4145 Meridian St., near the Holiday Inn Express. A Spirit Halloween store is open at 4176 Meridian St., near the Meridian Cost Cutter.
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