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Retail Tipsheet: New sushi restaurant opens in Bellingham

Owner Jun Bark, center, serves up sushi to customers Adib Jamshedi, left, and Victor Johnson at the new Jun’s Sushi & Bento restaurant on Railroad Avenue in Bellingham on June 9.
Owner Jun Bark, center, serves up sushi to customers Adib Jamshedi, left, and Victor Johnson at the new Jun’s Sushi & Bento restaurant on Railroad Avenue in Bellingham on June 9. The Bellingham Herald

Sushi places continue to increase in Bellingham, with the newest arriving in the downtown district.

On Monday, June 8, Jun Bark opened Jun’s Sushi & Bento at 202 E. Holly St., Suite 110, near Bob’s Burgers & Brew. The restaurant offers a variety of sushi rolls, bowls and bento boxes. Examples of what’s on the menu include a Korean dish called bul-ko-ki, a salmon steak bento box and a Japanese dish called unagi don (baked eel) bowl.

Bark moved to Houston from South Korea 17 years ago, working at a variety of sushi places in the U.S. He recently moved to Bellingham, working at Kuru Kuru Sushi on Bellwether Way, said Thomas Marin, an employee at Jun’s who translated Bark’s answers. Bark eventually wanted to run his own restaurant.

At Jun’s, Bark is focused on creating fresh and aesthetically pleasing dishes; he’s also known for being a perfectionist with his work, Marin said.

They expect it to be a family restaurant, with limited seating. Bark is already working on plans to expand into a nearby space, which might be completed in the next 3-4 months. They are hoping to build a strong “to-go” customer base and the opportunity there, given the number of workers and residents in the downtown district.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., then 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. More details can be found on its Facebook page or by calling 360-306-3584.

DOWNTOWN FOOD CO-OP PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION

The Community Food Co-op is in the final stretch run for completing its downtown expansion into the building across the street.

The plan is to start moving the office staff into the building on Thursday, June 25, followed by the production bakery in July, said Laura Steiger, publications coordinator at the co-op. Those dates are dependent on how final construction work and inspections go in the coming days.

If all goes according to plan, the opening date for the retail bakery is Monday, July 13. A celebration of the new building and a remodel of the downtown store is scheduled for October, during Co-op Month.

In November 2013 the co-op purchased the building at 405 E. Holly St., across the street from the downtown store. Along with the on-site retail bakery and administrative offices, the new building will have classrooms and a community meeting space. The extensively remodeled building is about 8,750 square feet.

This is part of a major project to improve the overall experience of the downtown Co-op. Plans also are in the works to expand the main store’s parking lot.

OTHER TIDBITS

A building permit was submitted to put in an auto detailing shop at 2001 Iowa St. The applicant is PGI Auto Detail & Service. ... Bellingham breakfast place Over Easy is having a grand opening celebration June 26-28. On Friday, June 26, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the Lighthouse Mission. On Saturday, June 27, the restaurant at 2430 James St., near Trader Joe’s, will host a waffle-eating contest. The company founders, Brad and Aaron May, will be at the restaurant for the grand opening celebration. Details about the restaurant can be found on its Facebook page.

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