Restaurant News & Reviews

Restaurant Update: Plenty of recent activity in Whatcom County

Whatcom County’s restaurant scene is getting an injection of new energy these days, particularly in the downtown Bellingham core.

Several new restaurants and cafes opened in recent weeks, while other older establishments are going through an ownership change and remodel. Here’s a roundup of what’s happened:

•  The 129-year-old

Horseshoe Cafe


113 E. Holly St.

continues to go through its cleanup/remodeling phase, with an expected opening sometime in mid-May. The new owners are Brian Waller, Barb Groen, Kate Groen, Joe Russell and Adam Groen, who want to return the restaurant to what it was in the 1960s, which includes improving the menu. They’ve said they plan to keep much of the “funkiness” that the establishment became known for over the years, including the murals.


Crazy Bob’s Pizza and Wings

is now open at the Cordata Place shopping center at

4151 Meridian St

. The eatery had moved from a gas station on Meridian Street to its current spot.


Cosmos Bistro

is now open in the Herald Building at

1151 N. State St.,

serving lunch and dinner. Also opening nearby in April was

The Union Coffee Shop

at 1203 N. State St. The cafe serves fresh-baked pastries, soups, coffee and tea.


BelleWood Acres

will start offering breakfast at its revamped

Country Cafe


6140 Guide Meridian

on Friday, May 1. Along with adding breakfast, the cafe will have a full-service table service. New hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.


Kojo of Japan

and the

Habanero Factory

at Bellis Fair’s food court closed. Go Grill opened in the food court, with several other new restaurants expected to fill the empty spots as the mall continues to do its refurbishing.



opened up in April in Bakerview Square at

410 W. Bakerview Road

. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, with a varied menu that includes pizza, pasta and chicken wings.

•  A building permit was submitted to put in a restaurant called

Place Sociale


1504 Iowa St.,

in the Fitness Evolution gym.

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.