Food & Drink

Restaurant Update: Whatcom County eatery openings, closings

The start of the year is usually tough on local restaurants, and 2015 is no exception.

Several notable eateries closed in the first two months of the year, including La Patisserie, Milano’s, Babe’s Place and Koi Cafe.

As we move closer to spring, though, business usually starts to pick up. It’s also a time when restaurant activity picks up with remodels and openings. Here’s a roundup of the latest openings:

•  Three years after opening a meat pie restaurant in Everson, Holly Bevan-Bumford has expanded into Lynden.

Good to Go

quietly opened in February at

305 Grover St.,

near the Lynden Library. The restaurant serves up freshly made food in the tradition of the British pasty, resulting in a semi-circle baked good that is crimped on one side. Along with meat pies, the restaurant has dessert pie options.

•  Something a little different has arrived on the Bellingham restaurant scene. Sean Ji recently opened

Hot Point Tea Express


1204 Cornwall Ave.

The restaurant features a variety of hot pot Asian dishes, including seafood soup pot, Korean kimchi soup pot and Vietnamese noodle soup. The restaurant also features bubble tea and shaved ice. The hot pot meal is more interactive than many restaurant meals. After the main ingredients are assembled in the pot by the chef, it is brought out and placed on a heater that is built into the table. Customers then choose the heat level to determine how quickly they want it to be ready to eat.


Avenue Bread

has agreed to take about 3,000 square feet of space in the downtown Lynden’s Waples Mercantile Building at

444 Front St

. Avenue Bread co-owner Wendy DeFreest said they plan on opening the Lynden café near the end of 2015, when the rest of the building is expected to be ready. The eatery will have a full kitchen and a woodstove oven, serving breakfast, lunch and an early dinner, DeFreest said. The oven will come from Avenue Bread's downtown Bellingham café, which will be remodeled to include a full kitchen to serve breakfast items. Along with its bread, sandwiches and pastries, other items in the new Lynden café may include burgers and omelets. The building, which was nearly destroyed by a fire in June 2008, is being redeveloped. The centerpiece of the building will be a 35-room inn, operated by building owners Teri and Matt Treat and Jeff and Debra McClure.

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.