Whatcom County’s restaurant scene is getting an injection of new energy these days, particularly in the downtown Bellingham core.
Several new restaurants and cafes opened in recent weeks, while other older establishments are going through an ownership change and remodel. Here’s a roundup of what’s happened:
• The 129-year-oldHorseshoe Cafe
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continues to go through its cleanup/remodeling phase, with an expected opening sometime in mid-May. The new owners are Brian Waller, Barb Groen, Kate Groen, Joe Russell and Adam Groen, who want to return the restaurant to what it was in the 1960s, which includes improving the menu. They’ve said they plan to keep much of the “funkiness” that the establishment became known for over the years, including the murals.
is now open at the Cordata Place shopping center at4151 Meridian St
. The eatery had moved from a gas station on Meridian Street to its current spot.
is now open in the Herald Building at1151 N. State St.,
serving lunch and dinner. Also opening nearby in April wasThe Union Coffee Shop
at 1203 N. State St. The cafe serves fresh-baked pastries, soups, coffee and tea.
will start offering breakfast at its revampedCountry Cafe
at6140 Guide Meridian
on Friday, May 1. Along with adding breakfast, the cafe will have a full-service table service. New hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
•Kojo of Japan
and theHabanero Factory
at Bellis Fair’s food court closed. Go Grill opened in the food court, with several other new restaurants expected to fill the empty spots as the mall continues to do its refurbishing.
opened up in April in Bakerview Square at410 W. Bakerview Road
. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, with a varied menu that includes pizza, pasta and chicken wings.
• A building permit was submitted to put in a restaurant calledPlace Sociale
at1504 Iowa St.,
in the Fitness Evolution gym.
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