It’s time for the annual late-summer shake up for Whatcom County restaurants

Fat Shack is photographed in Denton, Texas on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. A Fat Shack restaurant is coming to Bellingham and is scheduled to open this winter.
Fat Shack is photographed in Denton, Texas on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. A Fat Shack restaurant is coming to Bellingham and is scheduled to open this winter. The Bellingham Herald

It’s been a busy end of summer when it comes to changes in the local restaurant scene.

Here’s a roundup of the changes in the past couple of months:

▪  Marcus Martin, his brother Taylor Martin and mother Lori Martin are bringing Fat Shack to Bellingham. The sandwich shop is going into Bakerview Square and is expected to be ready sometime this winter, said Marcus Martin.

This will be the first Fat Shack in Washington state. The restaurant chain started in 2010 and has locations in Colorado, Texas and New Jersey. The restaurant's focus is a fat sandwich, which involves piling a lot of food between the bread. It is also known for providing a late-night food option that is delivered.

Menu items include the Fat Doobie, Fat Hangover, Fat Slob and Fat Chance. Each franchise also comes up with its own local fat sandwich, and the Martins already have one in mind. In a nod to Western Washington University, their local sandwich will be called the Fat Viking – cheesesteak, macaroni and cheese, onion rings, french fries and barbecue sauce will be in-between the bread of a Fat Viking.

The Bellingham Fat Shack will have its own delivery service to go with its sit-down and pick-up ordering.

For details and updates, visit Fat Shack Bellingham's Facebook page.

▪  Two restaurants that recently opened are El Morazon at Bakerview Square and a Subway sandwich shop on Holly Street near the downtown Starbucks. Another that is in the process of getting open is Craft Bar and Grill, which is going into the former Copper Hog space on North State Street.

▪  Several restaurants have shut down in recent weeks, including Black Forest Steakhouse near Sunset Square, Hong Kong Garden on Meridian Street, Maikham on North State Street and Maggie’s Pub in Ferndale.

▪  Aloha Poke in Fairhaven is changing its name after receiving a cease-and-desist order from a company that has a trademark. That company is based in Chicago and has several restaurants with that name.

David Jacobsen, owner of the Fairhaven restaurant, decided not to fight the order and took to Facebook to get suggestions for a name change. One Facebook follower suggested Fairhaven Poke, and Jacobsen decided to go with that.

▪  A downtown restaurant known for its comfort food is up for sale.

Man Pies owner Bryce Sharp said in a news release it was time for him “to hand the reins over to someone else.”

All of the equipment, branding, recipes and procedures needed to run the restaurant at 1215 Railroad Ave. are part of the sale. It also includes Man Pies’ fully-equipped food trailer.

Man Pies first opened in 2010, serving American-style meat pies. It expanded its styles of pies and used its mobile unit to visit other parts of Whatcom County. The trailer unit was discontinued because Sharp said he ran out of time to do it all.

He asks that inquiries not be made at the restaurant, but those interested should either call him at 360-223-6592 or send an email to bryce.sharp@gmail.com.