Retail Tipsheet: New Bellingham café offering plenty of comfort food

It took a little longer than expected, but Jamison Rogayan and Cinnamon Berg believe it is worth the wait.

Cosmos Bistro had a soft opening Wednesday, April 15, for dinner on the first floor of the Herald Building, 1151 N. State St., and maintained that evening schedule the rest of the week. Sometime this week they plan on expanding their hours to offer breakfast and lunch. Check out the bistro’s Facebook page to find out which day they are ready to do a full day.

Once completely open, hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, closed Monday.

Putting in a kitchen, proper ventilation and creating a café in what was a part of a newspaper newsroom is no easy task, but Berg said they received plenty of support from friends getting things ready.

“We’re really happy with how things turned out,” Berg said, adding that they also appreciated all the people eagerly waiting for them to open, but they wanted to make sure everything was done right.

Berg said they are aiming for an Americana comfort food menu, which includes a meatloaf recipe from Berg’s mom, macaroni and cheese, vegetarian options and seasonal dishes. The menu will have a base of regular items, with specials regularly popping up during the week, she said.

Hosting three meals a day, Berg is expecting a different atmosphere at each meal. That’s based on her experience working in Bellingham; most recently she and Rogayan worked at Avenue Bread, after which they decided to start their own café.

In Bellingham, she said breakfast tends to be more of a lingering meal, while lunch tends to be a meeting-style meal that is much quicker. Dinners are more of a family affair. A children’s menu is available, and eventually they want to add a happy hour. Local beers and wine also will be a part of the menu.

The Cosmos name, by the way, is Rogayan’s tip of the hat to the original Carl Sagan television show “Cosmos.” Customers will notice a sprinkling of science fiction memorabilia throughout the café, including “Star Wars” material.


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