Here's a look at the new restaurants that are opening in Bellingham

Mallory Turndorf makes a drink while bartending at The Copper Hog on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Bellingham.
Mallory Turndorf makes a drink while bartending at The Copper Hog on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Bellingham. eabell@bhamherald.com

As we get closer to spring, a fresh batch of restaurants have opened or are in the process of opening in Whatcom County.

Winter is usually the time of year when eateries sign leases and do a bit of remodeling, so it’s not surprising to see a new crop of restaurants getting open. It also continues to be a growing industry, as Whatcom restaurants took in $96.9 million during the third quarter of 2017, a 5.1 percent increase compared to a year ago.

Here’s a look at who is getting open, along with a roundup of other restaurant news:

▪  Captain Bellingham has opened at 300 North Samish Way, next door to Boomer’s Drive-In. According to reviews on Yelp, the menu includes fish and chips, calamari, oysters and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

▪  The Copper Hog is back with a few new changes that may appeal to gastropub fans.

The restaurant at 1327 N. State St. opened Feb. 12 after being closed for nearly a year. Along with the gastropub fare that people might associate with the Copper Hog, it also will have some Hawaiian inspired items on the menu, said Patrick Mullen, general manager.

While there are plenty of similarities to the previous Copper Hog, they’ve also made some improvements for sports fans, Mullen said. That includes adding a 10-foot projector screen and larger televisions.

The kitchen also was expanded and now is opened up so that the public can see what’s going on. The lounge bar area also has expanded, he said.

The restaurant is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Details can be found on its Facebook page.

▪  Latitude Restaurants Sunset, which is going into the former Grace Cafe space at 1065 E. Sunset Drive, also has submitted a liquor license application. The applicants are Jeffrey Holmes, Antonia Holmes, Clay Gillespie and Joanne Gillespie.

▪  The Sandwich Odyssey has started offering online ordering, with free delivery to several local breweries and a $2.99 delivery fee to people within 2.5 miles of the shop. Delivery hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Details can be found at thesandwichodyssey.com.

▪  Dori’s Coffee Shop at 1203 N. State St. has closed, and the space is available for lease through Daylight Properties.

▪  A new state liquor license application was submitted for the former Green Frog space at 1015 N. State St. The proposed name is Firefly Lounge, and the applicants are Bret Benson, Erin Gill, Patrick Griffin and Justin Smith.

▪  After 22 years as a restaurateur in Fairhaven, Don White is ready to pursue another dream.

White recently put Skylark’s Hidden Cafe up for sale with the intention of moving to New York City. He believes the restaurant is in a good place and he’s ready to try something new.

▪  Aslan Brewing has expanded its operations with a taproom at 1322 N. State St., in the Union Depot building.

The Aslan Depot opened last month, offering a rotating list of more than 15 taps and more than 50 bottles/cans showcasing the brewery’s barrel projects, which allows the company to be creative with new beers and blends, according to a news release.

The taproom is open 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Monday. Details can be found at aslandepot.com.

▪  After plenty of remodeling work, Bellingham Cider Company opened on Feb. 9. The facility at 205 Prospect St. has a restaurant as well as 20 taps that will serve around 10 ciders and 10 beers.

▪  A state liquor license application was submitted for a restaurant/taproom called Downtime Taps at 1740 Labounty Drive in Ferndale. The applicants are Chay Tan, Christina Tan and Tomas Aminnie.