John Quimod and Kylie Bestul are making plans to continue what they see as a culinary resurgence in Blaine.
The owners of Peace Arch City Cafe are putting the finishing touches on their new space at 658 Peace Portal Drive, in the former Pastime Tavern space. They hope to be open in the coming days, starting off with breakfast and lunch seven days a week. About a week after opening they plan on offering dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
The Peace Arch City Cafe was formerly on H Street, in a 1,500 square foot space that limited what the owners could do with their menu. The new space is about 5,000 square feet and has a full kitchen as well as a bar, allowing for a more creative menu, Quimod said. The goal with the new space is to create a dining destination, adding to other arrivals to Blaine in recent years, like the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steak House, he said.
In putting together the menu, the owners thought about what Blaine is as a community. Being right on the border, it is a small international city that sees some level of Canadians no matter what is happening to the Canadian dollar. With the refineries and aluminum smelter nearby, the Blaine area also has a strong blue-collar workforce. The menu attempts to cater to both, Quimod said, offering traditional items like burgers and panini sandwiches along with dishes not found as often locally, like mozzarella stuffed chicken involtini and pancetta wrapped roasted scallops. The breakfast menu includes waffles, three-egg scramble platters and breakfast sandwiches. Handling the menu, which will seasonally change for dinner, is executive chef Gary Henry.
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With the bar, the owners plan to offer a variety of craft and classic cocktails as well as beer and wine.
Quimod and Bestul arrived in Blaine in 2009, operating the Little Red Caboose on Peace Portal Drive. They outgrew the space, which led to the move to H Street in 2012. They were actively looking for a larger space for a couple of years before they found out the Pastime was closing at the end of September. It all came together quickly after that, Quimod said.
Details on the cafe and its hours can be found on its Facebook page.
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