Restaurant News & Reviews

Restaurant Update: Lakeway Inn opens Chinuk, Grace Cafe has new owner

The past month has meant several changes for Whatcom County restaurants. Here’s an update:

•  The Best Western Lakeway Inn has been doing some major remodeling for nearly a year, and that includes a new look for its restaurant.

The restaurant near the main lobby is now known as Chinuk and its menu will have plenty of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Menu items include Penn Cove mussels, Draper Valley Farms chicken sandwiches and Mallard ice cream.

The restaurant also has a new local chef in Douglas Metzger, who helped launch several restaurants at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, according to a company news release.

•  After more than 14 years, The Grace Cafe is under new ownership.

At the end of December, Karim Ravani purchased the business at 1065 E. Sunset Drive from Todd and Heidi Larson. According to a Facebook post, the recipes, menu and staff will remain, but plans are in the works to add a few new items to the menu.

•  The Koi Cafe in downtown Bellingham has closed.

A letter to customers posted on the front door at 1203 N. State St. noted that a decision was made to not reopen after the close of business on Friday, Jan. 23.

“We dreamed of expanding this cozy little cafe into something royal and timeless, but in the end it just wasn’t meant to be,” said a portion of the letter.

The Koi was purchased by Andrew Ward in August 2014 with plans to change the name to King’s Cafe.

•  A state liquor license application was submitted for OVN Wood-Fired Pizza at

1148 10th St

., in the new building that’s being built near the Fairhaven Village Inn. The applicants are Matthew and Valerie Brawner.

•  A landmark downtown Ferndale restaurant shut down. Babe’s Place at

2038 Main St

. suffered damage from an electrical fire in November and a decision was made last month to not reopen it.

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.