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Restaurant Update: Spring, summer are good seasons for Whatcom eateries

Customer Bob Yaple gets a coffee from barista Alexandra Fox at the Union Coffee Shop  on Magnolia Street in Bellingham, May 22, 2013.  Union Coffee Shop will open a second location in the Daylight Building later this spring.
Customer Bob Yaple gets a coffee from barista Alexandra Fox at the Union Coffee Shop on Magnolia Street in Bellingham, May 22, 2013. Union Coffee Shop will open a second location in the Daylight Building later this spring. The Bellingham Herald

It’s getting to be the money-making season for Whatcom County restaurants.

With the daylight getting longer and the weather nicer, restaurants are able to break out the outside seating to attract customers. Add in a few restaurant-friendly holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day, and it usually translates into a healthy sales quarter for Whatcom County.

During the second quarter of 2014, Whatcom County restaurants brought in $80.7 million. The summer months tend to be the busiest in Whatcom County for eateries, with last year’s third quarter totaling $84.9 million in sales. The first and fourth quarters tend to be slower, generating around $75 million.

Here’s some other recent activity:

•  A new restaurant recently opened at

1255 Barkley Ave.,

in the retail center near Lowe’s home improvement. It’s called Pok Pok Pok Asian Bistro and offers a variety of lunch and dinner items for around $10, including Pho Vietnamese, curry dishes, teriyaki and noodle soup. For details, check out the restaurant’s

Facebook page

.



•  Daylight Properties announced on its Facebook page that Union Coffee is opening a second location in the former Koi Cafe spot at

1203 N. State St

. The post said the plan is to open the second location in April. Union Coffee’s other location is in the Crown Plaza building at 114 W. Magnolia St.



•  Go Grill is currently moving into the Bellis Fair food court and is planning to open in April, said René Morris, general manager at the mall. The restaurant has locations around the world. Customers can select a variety of meats, vegetables and fruit that then are cooked on a flat-top grill.



•  It turns out a warm winter couldn't keep Milano's down for long. The popular Italian restaurant, which closed in mid-February, reopened under new management March 15. Sam Hassan, owner of the Maple Falls Cafe, led the reopening, but he said the goal is to bring back the Milano's style that founders Tom and Jeannie DeBari had for 25 years. His goal is to not only bring back the original menu to

9990 Mount Baker Highway

, but the atmosphere as well. The restaurant was known for its fine dining and for attracting a wide range of people, from those dressing up for a date night to hikers coming in from the woods hoping for a hearty meal.



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

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