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One restaurant reopens in Fairhaven, while a downtown pub has a quick goodbye

New restaurant opens in Fairhaven

Maikham opened in May at the Orca Building on Finnegan Way in Fairhaven. It serves Lao and Thai cuisine.
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Maikham opened in May at the Orca Building on Finnegan Way in Fairhaven. It serves Lao and Thai cuisine.

Here’s a roundup of retail tipsheet happenings around Whatcom County:

The Lao and Thai cuisine restaurant Maikham has reopened in Fairhaven. The restaurant is in the Orca Building on Finnegan Way, near the Bellingham Public Library Fairhaven branch.

Owner Usanee Klimo operated Maikham on North State Street until she closed it in 2017. In her new space, the eatery has indoor seating for 50 and outdoor dining in the summer months. In a news release, Klimo said she will use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, creating dishes that are simple, tasty and healthy.

The restaurant is open every day except Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.

The Frank-n-Stein Pub announced in a Facebook post that it has closed its operations at 902 N. State St. after just three months in business. The post didn’t mention why it closed so soon after opening, but thanked the people who supported what they were doing.

Building permits were submitted for the new Hampton Inn hotel that’s going in at 1055 W. Bakerview Road, near the Home2 Suites by Hilton. The new hotel is slated to be five stories with 98 rooms.

A new cafe opened in Ferndale. According to the website My Ferndale News, the cafe is called The Meeting Place, and it is at 5711 Vista Drive, near the Ferndale Ace Hardware store. It serves a variety of pastries and some lunch items. Details about the cafe can be found on its website.

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Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.
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