Restaurant News & Reviews

A bit of European flair arrives in downtown Bellingham

The opening staff at Tasca del Tinto, a new restaurant in downtown Bellingham. From left Brandon Nichols, Julie Grace, owner Miguel Losada and Lydia McClaran.
The opening staff at Tasca del Tinto, a new restaurant in downtown Bellingham. From left Brandon Nichols, Julie Grace, owner Miguel Losada and Lydia McClaran. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Miguel Losada enjoys the many different choices in Bellingham’s restaurant scene, so he’s adding his own spice to the downtown district.

In late May Losada opened Tasca del Tinto at 111 W. Holly St. It’s in the former Gypsies and Ginger Snaps bakery space, but after several months of remodeling it has a very different look. It’s an Iberian bistro that focuses on small plates, Spanish wine as well as Spanish and local beer. It is currently open for dinner, but he plans on adding a lunch menu this summer. He also plans on regularly having live music, including Flamenco. The restaurant name, by the way, means red wine bar.

Losada was going for a small, European bar setting where customers can talk to others at nearby tables. The tapas menu will be constantly changing, he said, giving people a chance to try out many options at around $5 a plate. Losada plans to have gluten free and veggie options to go with the meat and seafood dishes.

Losada, who served in the U.S. Navy for nine years, started a dance studio with his wife in Oak Harbor before opening this restaurant. He said they’ve always liked Bellingham and the diversity of culture it offers, so he felt his restaurant concept would be a good fit.

“We’re here for the long-term,” Losada said. “This is a thrilling town and I want to do something to add to it.”

Further details about the restaurant can be found on its Facebook page.

Other restaurant updates:

▪  Rolling Donuts & Cafe recently opened at 3098 Northwest Ave., across from Yeager’s Sporting Goods. The company’s website indicates the doughnuts are baked fresh each day.

▪  Coconut Kenny’s is making plans to open a fifth restaurant. Brothers Chay and Lee Tan own the Hawaiian-themed group of restaurants in Whatcom and Skagit counties. The latest addition is expected to come to Lynden later this summer. The owners are in negotiations to take over the Milt's Pizza Place space in the Lynden Towne Plaza at 8122 Guide Meridian. Milt’s closed for good on Sunday, May 29.

The Lynden restaurant with be the fifth for the company, with the others in Bellingham, Ferndale, Burlington and Sedro-Woolley. The Tans have owned the 17-year-old company for the past 12 years.

▪  A state liquor license application was submitted to change the name of Lorenzo's Mexican Restaurant at 190 E. Bakerview Road. The proposed new name is Lilia's Mexican Cuisine and the new applicants are Lilia Rosa Rocha Mares and Carlos Velasco.

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

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