Don't worry, Boomer's Drive-In is not closing

Posted by DAVE GALLAGHER on March 12, 2014 

Major remodel at longtime Bellingham restaurant

BELLINGHAM - It's OK, your Boomer burger and waffle fries are safe.

Boomer's Drive-In on North Samish Way is currently going through a major remodel, focusing on the 80-foot canopy.

The start of the remodel resulted in several phone calls to Boomer's from customers wondering if the longtime restaurant had closed, as well as speculation on social media websites.

Owner Chris Irwin wants to assure people that's not the case; it's just time to freshen up the canopy with new lumber, electrical wiring and paint. The project is expected to take about a week to complete, and the restaurant will be open regular hours during the remodel.

"There won't be much change in how things look," said Irwin. "Except for the lack of peeling paint and miscellaneous other signs of age."

A small chunk of the canopy fell in an unoccupied parking space, which prompted Irwin to do the remodel. While the outside parts of the canopy were worn out, almost all of the main 12-inch support beams were in good shape and will be saved to continue supporting the canopy.

The building and canopy have been around since being built as an A&W Restaurant in 1958. This is the first time the canopy has undergone any major work.

Exterior lighting will be disabled during the project, which might make the building appear closed in the evenings. The full menu, inside dining and some carhop service will continue during the project, however.

The restaurant recently completed its 25th annual anniversary sale, which Irwin said was the best ever in terms of sales.

Henifin Construction is the general contractor on the project.

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