Refurbished Fairhaven eatery nearly ready to open

Signs Plus installers Levi Ashcroft, left and Ben Strom work on the front of the new Zane Burger in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The restaurant is scheduled to open later this month.
Signs Plus installers Levi Ashcroft, left and Ben Strom work on the front of the new Zane Burger in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The restaurant is scheduled to open later this month.

What started out as a quick cleanup turned into a major facelift for a longtime Fairhaven eatery.

Work is nearly complete on Zane Burger, which is going into the former Win’s Drive-In building at 1315 12th St. in Fairhaven. The plan is to have Zane Burger open before the end of September, said Kim Mindnich, general manager.

Win’s closed in April as the longtime owners Seung and Soon Jin decided not to renew the lease. Jim Swift, owner of the building, decided to take it on as a project to restore it as a fast casual restaurant with a 1960s atmosphere. Swift also owns Rocket Donuts, Acme Ice Cream and Fat Pie Pizza.

Customers will see some similarities to the prior business when Zane Burger opens. Many of the basics return to the menu, including hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes. The restaurant will continue to have its walk-up window.

It will have plenty of differences that Mindnich thinks customers will like. While many of the items on the menu will be priced affordably – the lowest priced hamburger, for example, will be in the $2 range – Zane Burger will have more expensive items, including a premium burger made with locally raised meat. It’s the same kind of deal with milkshakes. The basic shakes are coming back, but Zane Burger also will have a premium shake made with Acme ice cream.

Other changes include work done on the outside and interior. Zane Burger has new booths and tables, and the kitchen was redone. Music from the 1960s will be playing, and the interior will have vintage photos of fast food places, Mindnich said.

Zane Burger also will serve beer and wine, while offering later hours. The plan is to be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

When asked about all the new restaurants that have recently arrived in Fairhaven, Mindnich said he welcomes it.

“Our whole philosophy is we want more restaurants in Fairhaven,” Mindnich said. “We want this to be an area where people have a lot of choices to eat.”

Further details, including the menu, can be found on or its Facebook page.


As it gets ready for the holiday shopping season, Bellis Fair is making progress on some remodeling projects and signing new tenants. Here’s an update:

▪  A new restaurant is coming to the Food Court this fall. Work is underway to open Samuel’s Grill, which will be near Express Japan, said Bellis Fair General Manager Rene Morris. Morris described it as a Mediterranean restaurant that should be opening sometime in October.

▪  Ulta Beauty, which is going into a space near JCPenney, is expected to be open sometime in November.

▪  Morris said mall management has been in talks with several restaurants about the former space of Old Country Buffet but have not finalized a deal. Old Country Buffet, which was near Target, closed in June as the company dealt with bankruptcy issues.


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