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Restaurant Update: Whatcom County eateries busy getting open, expanding

This is usually the time of year when restaurant movement slows as eateries focus on organizing holiday parties and catering to shoppers. This year, however, the openings, closings and renovations have carried over into the fall. Here’s an update:

•  Ruben De La Garza and Maria Carmen Govea recently opened

Burrito King


505 32nd St

., in the Viking Plaza retail center near the Sehome Village shopping center. The restaurant has a food-truck-style format in that many of the ingredients are prepared ahead of time to provide quick service, De La Garza said. Prices for most menu items such as burritos and tacos are under $8. Located near Western Washington University, Burrito King is geared toward college students. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit



Tandoori Bites

has submitted a permit to expand into a vacant space at

505 32nd St.,

in the Viking Plaza.

•  The major remodel of

The Black Cat

in Fairhaven is ongoing. According to its website, the owners are aiming to get open later this month.



, a restaurant going into Bakerview Square, is aiming for a January opening, said CEO Samantha MacConnell. Once open, menu items include pizza, pasta and chicken wings. It also will offer breakfast pizzas and be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

•  A building permit application was submitted for

4151 Meridian St.,

in the strip mall where Burlington recently opened, for a new

Crazy Bob's Pizza



Uptown Art


23 Bellwether Way

has created a “Canvas Cantina“ within the business, offering beer and wine. The company is also working on a food menu; owner Robert Mishkin said they are leaning toward sandwiches and snacks but are looking forward to getting suggestions from customers.

•  A new Ethiopian restaurant has opened in the Bellingham Public Market. Mulunesh Belay, also known as Mulu, opened

Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine

on Saturday, Nov. 8. at

1530 Cornwall Ave.

in the space formerly home to Seven Loaves Pizza. All of the dishes she made while at the Bellingham Farmers Market will be on the menu as well as a variety of other authentic dishes. This includes chicken stew, spicy lentil soup and a sourdough pancake known as injera. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Details about the business can be found on the restaurant's Facebook page.

•  Kelly Norton has decided to convert his food truck business into a drive-through eatery with indoor seating. Norton, who has operated

Bare Bones Bar B Q

for five years, has moved into the Shell gas station building at

4240 Meridian St

. Norton plans to offer a drive-through service and is expanding hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. He also plans on opening an espresso stand, which will be open every day.

•  A Bellingham tenant improvement building permit was submitted to put in a new restaurant at

2430 James St.

in the Sunnyland Square shopping center. The proposed new restaurant is called

Over Easy.

•  A state liquor license application to sell beer or wine was submitted for a new cafe at

1151 N. State St.,

in the Herald Building. The proposed name is

Cosmos Cafe & Catering

and the applicants are Cinnamon Berg, Michael Berg and Jamison Rogayan.

Restaurant Update runs monthly in Take Five. Have an update on a Whatcom County restaurant? Send questions or tips to or call 360-715-2269.