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Popular Bellingham restaurant opening a second location

Olivia Falls, an employee at Brotha Dudes: The Kick-Back, paints part of a mural on the restaurant wall on Thursday in Bellingham. The mural is a work-in-progress featuring contributions from Brotha Dudes employees and local artists.
Olivia Falls, an employee at Brotha Dudes: The Kick-Back, paints part of a mural on the restaurant wall on Thursday in Bellingham. The mural is a work-in-progress featuring contributions from Brotha Dudes employees and local artists. evan.abell@bellinghamherald.com

A new eatery offering healthy bites has opened for the Birchwood and Columbia neighborhoods.

Brotha Dudes: The Kick-Back had a grand opening on June 29 at 3098 Northwest Ave., in the former La Patisserie space near Yeager's Sporting Goods. It offers salads, sandwiches and wraps for lunch and dinner along with a variety of breakfast options, including French toast and Brotha's Biscuits and Groovy Gravy.

The eatery plans to have live music events, outdoor seating and local beers on tap, said Theo Radke, marketing director for Brotha Dudes. The custom built tap tower will have 13 local beer/cider options and one root beer tap.

This is the second restaurant for the company. Brotha Dudes: Fresh Eats opened in 2016 at 202 East Holly St. The original restaurant has had a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and it appears the company is going with the same style in the second restaurant. Staff and local artists have been working on a mural and 90 percent of The Kick-Back restaurant was remodeled by the company using recycled materials, Radke said.

The opening of the second Brotha Dudes is a result of quickly outgrowing the first location, Radke said. The company wanted to accommodate more of what they wanted to do, such as adding the beer taps, breakfast and an expanded menu. The second location will also have a bakery.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Further details about Brotha Dudes: The Kick Back can be found on its Facebook page.

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Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz
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