New name, new owner for longtime Fairhaven restaurant spot

Felipe Guitron sets a plate of enchiladas in the pass-through window at the new El Agave location in Fairhaven on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Felipe Guitron sets a plate of enchiladas in the pass-through window at the new El Agave location in Fairhaven on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

A longtime fixture in the Fairhaven restaurant scene is going through a change.

Marin Tirado recently purchased the Dos Padres restaurant at 1111 Harris Ave. from James Altman. Tirado, who operates El Agave restaurants in the Bellingham and Sudden Valley, switched to the El Agave menu over Labor Day weekend and will have new signs up in the coming weeks. The hours have also changed to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

Dos Padres was established in 1973, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the district.

Tirado said the location was a big factor in making it the third El Agave restaurant in the region. The other locations are at 207 N. Samish Way, which opened in 2011, and 4 Clubhouse Circle, which opened in 2013.

Tirado said he plans to have a grand opening celebration sometime in October.


It’s that time of year when local retailers are thinking about how many extra employees they’ll need during the holiday shopping season. In Whatcom County, the state estimates staffing levels will be similar to last year.

The state Employment Security Department estimates Whatcom County retailers will hire 209 seasonal workers this fall, one more than last year. Across the state, the department estimates 12,924 people will be hired for seasonal retail work, an increase of 381 compared to the 2016 holiday season. King and Snohomish counties account for 62 percent of the seasonal hiring.


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