Having trouble keeping pace with demand is a good problem for a business to have, and Goat Mountain Pizza is addressing it with a major expansion.
The eatery at 215 W. Holly St. is expanding nearby into the former Film is Truth building at 211 W. Holly St. Co-owner Chas Kubis said they hope to be in the new 4,905-square-foot space by May or early June. In the meantime they will be busy remodeling the space and putting in a kitchen.
The goal is to give customers a better experience. With the small kitchen they currently use, it’s been hard to keep up as the customer base grows. The restaurant owners also are putting the final touches on a second food truck.
Kubis said they plan to keep their current space and make different use for it. They haven’t decided yet what it will be, but they are considering a café with simpler foods.
Kubis and co-owner Charles Pasquier are both appreciative that they’ve been embraced by Bellingham after moving to the area. They opened Goat Mountain in 2012 and have been pleased with both the growth of business and what’s been happening downtown.
“We’re gung-ho about Bellingham and we can’t say enough about the Bellingham Downtown Partnership,” Kubis said. “The changes (downtown) are like night and day compared to when we first opened.”
The expansion is also good news for Daylight Properties, which also has been busy in recent weeks. The company has leased 10,000 square feet of space and six commercial spaces, much of which has happened in February. CEO Kane Hall said the fast start has him thinking it will be a record-breaking year for the company. He believes one reason for the increase in lease signings is that more people are coming downtown.
“I think more people have an appreciation for downtown being a walkable community,” Hall said, noting that more people are eating at the downtown restaurants and then walking around to visit other businesses, Mount Baker Theatre, art galleries or museums.
One other major tenant signing for Daylight Properties is Argyle Salon, which is taking 3,319 square feet of space on the main floor of the Herald Building, next to the Western Washington University space. The 10-year-old salon is currently at 1344 King St. and is expected to be in its new space in April, said owner Clara Senger.
With the signing of Argyle, Hall said the Herald building is now 91 percent occupied.
Zachary Dean’s restaurant to open in Bakerview Square
Kevin Conzo is nearly ready to open a restaurant called Zachary Dean’s Family Italian in Bakerview Square at 410 W. Bakerview Road, in the former Mozza space.
The restaurant will offer a variety of dishes, including fresh cannoli, East Coast-style pizza and sub sandwiches. The plan is to have the restaurant open by Wednesday, Feb. 24, according to its Facebook page.
The restaurant is named after his 6-year-old son, who was killed in a car crash in March 2014. Before opening the restaurant, Conzo operated a catering business under a similar name.
Details about the restaurant can be found on its Facebook page.
TACO TIME MAKING PLANS TO OPEN ON BAKERVIEW
Taco Time is interested in building a standalone restaurant near where Costco is building its new store.
A community meeting will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 to introduce the project. The meeting will be held at the La Quinta Inn & Suites at 1063 W. Bakerview Road.
The proposed plan is a 3,000-square-foot Taco Time building with a drive-thru on the northwest corner of West Bakerview Road and the future street Arctic Avenue. The proposed restaurant will have exterior seating and an outdoor patio with a fireplace.
Q Laundry in Sunnyland Square near Trader Joe’s is changing its name and was scheduled to have a name unveiling party on Saturday night, Feb. 20. ... Starbucks has applied for a state liquor license to sell beer and wine at its cafe at 222 36th St., in the Sehome Village shopping center. ... Barron Heating recently opened a showroom in Skagit County at 560 S. Burlington Blvd. ... The Cricket Wireless store at 141 Samish Way is now open, offering no-contract wireless phone plans. Cricket Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T. The store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. ... Bellingham Coffee Roasters got together with local artist Keaton Vanderwerff to come up with new packaging. The new artwork includes a bear enjoying the company’s Big Bear dark roast and a ship on Bellingham Bay for the Bellingham Bay Blend. There is also a Morning Header Blend, from which the proceeds will support Soccer Without Borders. The coffee with the new packages is available in several locations, including Haggen and Community Food Co-op stores. ... Magdalena’s restaurant in Fairhaven will be closed for the rest of February as the owner and staff take a vacation, according to its Facebook page.