Fairhaven's Colophon Café starts expansion and remodel project

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 22, 2014 

Colophon Cafe, Bellingham

Janet Hayter of Bellingham, left, daughter-in-law Renee Hayter of Everett and Renee's daughter Brooke Hayter of Kirkland order lunch from waitress Whitney Iwasaki at the Colophon Colophon Café in Fairhaven Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The restaurant is expanding next door adding 1,200 square feet, two bathrooms, a fireplace and a liquor license. Work should be finished by the end of April.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

It took longer than expected, but an expansion and remodel project is now underway at a Fairhaven restaurant.

The Colophon Café is expanding into the neighboring space in the lower level of the Pythias Building at 1208 11th St. Once work is complete on the expanded side, workers will remodel the current space to create one cohesive look, said Liam Elio, general manager at the restaurant. The plan is to have the remodel of both sides completed before Ski to Sea weekend at the end of May.

About a year ago the upper level of the Colophon Café was closed, allowing Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar to expand into that space. Settling on the new space and getting the permits took some time to get to the point for remodeling to start.

The remodel will include bringing in larger seating booths and adding more bathrooms. A fireplace that customers can enjoy from both sides also will be installed. The goal, Elio said, is to add more seating for diners but also have an area where customers can hang out.

During the remodel, Elio said the restaurant plans to remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

No drastic changes are expected for the menu, which is known for its soups and sandwiches.

Elio said business has gone well for the café in the year since the upper level was closed. He said having a very good relationship with the owners of Drizzle has helped. Also, the Colophon is one of the older restaurant landmarks in Fairhaven, having opened in 1985, so many residents know to look on the lower level near the Fairhaven Village Green.

For updates on the remodel, check out Colophon's Facebook page.

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-- A 5,000-square-foot Anytime Fitness studio is opening Monday, Feb. 24, at Birch Bay Square near Custer. Along with having access to the studio any time of day with a key card, members also can use a "fitness on request" system that has guided workouts on a large projection screen, said owner Anthony Hamilton. Details about the company can be found at anytimefitness.com.

-- Tenant improvement permits were submitted to the city to remodel the Motherhood Maternity space at Bellis Fair.

-- Permits were submitted to build a 47-unit apartment complex with three commercial spaces at 557 W. Bakerview Road, near Bellis Fair.

-- Tenant improvement permits were submitted to have Trailhead Athletics Inc. put in a training facility at 909 Squalicum Way, near Squalicum Park.

-- A liquor license application was submitted to the state for new owners to take over selling beer/wine at Quel Fromage on 1200 Old Fairhaven Parkway. The applicants propose to change the name from Quel Fromage to Perfectly Paired. The applicants on the license are Matthew and Robin Hungerford, taking over for Bagmo Family Enterprises LLC.

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