While retail sales were a bit sluggish at the end of 2014, Whatcom County restaurants posted a decent increase in sales.
Local restaurants posted $79.5 million in sales during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data recently released by the Washington State Department of Revenue. That’s up 3.9 percent compared to the end of 2013 and is the highest fourth-quarter tally ever for Whatcom County.
The spring and summer months are the busiest times of year for local eateries as more local residents are out and about along with an increase in tourism. The highest sales total was $84.9 million in the third quarter of 2014.
Here’s a roundup of the latest restaurant happenings:
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opened April 30 at2430 James St.,
near Trader Joe’s in Sunnyland Square. It serves breakfast and lunch 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends.
•Övn Wood Fired Pizza
is continuing to get ready in the new building next to Fairhaven Village Inn. Owner Matt Brawner said he’s aiming for an August opening. Once open, the restaurant will offer Neapolitan-inspired pizza with seasonal local ingredients.
• A food truck patio got going on Monday, May 18, at the Faithlife parking lot at the Bay Street and Champion Street intersection nearPickford Film Center
. One or two local food trucks will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays until Labor Day. Picnic tables are available so you can stay and eat your lunch.
opened at4370 Meridian St
., near Walmart. The menu has Indian street food dishes. The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
• The owners ofOverflow Taps
are in negotiations to go into the Waples Mercantile Building at444 Front St
. in Lynden that is being remodeled after being gutted by fire in June 2008. Owners Jesse Nelson, Adam Stacey and Josh Libolt envision it as a place people can hang out and have beer, wine and ciders, much of it locally produced. Nelson said it will have a coffeehouse vibe, where people can have an afternoon business meeting, and also be a place to meet friends and enjoy the evening. If the deal closes, Overflow plans on being in the building by November.
• Owners Tony Luciano and Jack Pflueger have been busy gettingStones Throw Brewing Co.
in Fairhaven brewery ready. Brewing of the beer is starting around the end of May, and the plan is to be open to the public sometime this summer.
Restaurant Update runs monthly in Take Five. Have an update on a Whatcom County restaurant? Send questions or tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-715-2269.