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Restaurant Update: Bellingham downtown bistro opens

Customers Khara Turner, left, and Alana Hansen are served by Lydia Davis and Brie Mueller at the new Eat Restaurant and Bar in downtown Bellingham on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Co-owner Eric Truglas calls the food “American farm with a touch of French.”
Customers Khara Turner, left, and Alana Hansen are served by Lydia Davis and Brie Mueller at the new Eat Restaurant and Bar in downtown Bellingham on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Co-owner Eric Truglas calls the food “American farm with a touch of French.” pdwyer@bhamherald.com

It took 25 days and nights, but the corner spot on East Chestnut Street and Cornwall Avenue has a completely new look for local restaurant fans.

Once home to the Shrimp Shack and the Thai restaurant I & Wife, the space at 1200 Cornwall Ave. reopened Friday, Jan. 29, as Eat Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant offers lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on weekends.

The owners are aiming for an American farm-to-table restaurant with a French twist. That means working with about a dozen local farmers and incorporating the food they grow into French dishes, said Amberleigh Brownson, general manager and co-owner of the restaurant. Examples of dishes include local braised ratatouille, cassoulet duck confit and house-made salmon ravioli with smoked gouda. Prices range from $8-$16 for lunch and $12-$24 for dinner.

Brownson said they try to keep the food prices affordable so people can splurge on the wine. The owners want to be very approachable to customers when it comes to wine, including 3-ounce pours for people to try out and plenty of discussions about what wine works with what dish.

Chef Eric Truglas said the goal is to make dishes based on the available ingredients from local farmers. So the restaurant will have a variety of seasonal dishes throughout the year. Truglas was recently accepted as “Maitre Cuisinier de France,” a title that honors those who promote the French culinary arts.

The inside of the restaurant includes local art and photos along with a new color scheme. It also has a “Wall of Fame” honoring some of the local food and drink growers and producers and a pillar that has hundreds of wine bottle caps.

Along with Brownson and Truglas, the other partners in this venture are Dominque Faury (executive chef) and Jeff Kahn (chief financial officer).

Eat will have a grand opening celebration 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Details about the restaurant can be found at 4u2Eat.com or its Facebook page.

OTHER RESTAURANT NEWS

A state liquor license application was submitted for a new restaurant at the former Big Fat Fish Co. space at 1304 12th St. in Fairhaven. The new applicant is Alessandro Bettin, and the proposed business name is Whiskeys Burger Bistro. ... The last day for Deming’s Hungry Bear Restaurant at 4965 Mount Baker Highway is Monday, Feb. 29. ... A liquor license was submitted to put in a Portugese-style restaurant at 111 W. Holly St. called Tasca Del Tinto Iberian Bistro. The applicants are Miguel and Claudia Losada.

Restaurant Update runs monthly in Take Five. Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, dgallagher@bhamherald.com, @BhamHeraldBiz

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