With the holiday season in full swing, many Whatcom County restaurants are busy hosting weary shoppers, so other activity like remodels are on the back burner.
Restaurant activity, particularly openings and closures, traditionally picks up again in January, when leases are negotiated and owners are making decisions about the upcoming year. Here’s an update on activity taking place:
• The Black Cat is continuing to renovate its space in the Sycamore Square building in Fairhaven. According to itsFacebook page
, the owners are aiming for a mid-December opening.
• The Fairhaven restaurant Extremes Sports Grill & Pizzeria closed last month.
Owner Carl Schuessler said the sales numbers weren’t good enough to justify keeping the restaurant open at 1304 12th St. Extremes replaced the Big Fat Fish Co. in that space in February 2014.
Schuessler said the original Extremes, which is at 4156 Meridian St., is still doing fine after more than eight years in business.
For details about the restaurant, visit extremesgrill.com.
• The Electric Beet Juice Co. is now open at the Bellingham Public Market at1530 Cornwall Ave
Along with juices and smoothies, the business features breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches, spring rolls, chocolate pancakes and salads.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday. Updates about the business can be found on the company's Facebook page.
• George and Cycy Guerrero recently took over the Lummi Gateway Cafe, changing the name and menu.
The eatery is now called Our Place Cafe and is at the Lummi Gateway Center at 4920 Rural Ave.
The cafe offers breakfast and lunch. Items include Indian tacos with fry bread; fish and chips; grilled chicken sandwiches; and breakfast burritos. Everything is made from scratch, said their daughter Timbre Sheppard. The cafe plans on having a $5 special every day on a selected menu item. Our Place Cafe has a sit-down area and also makes items to go. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it is closed. For details, call the cafe at 360-933-4304.
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