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Retail Tipsheet: Mexican seafood the specialty at new Ferndale restaurant

Mazatlan Seafood and Grill employee Kevin Torres carries four carne asada tacos to a customer on Thursday, June 25, in Ferndale. The restaurant recently opened on Main Street.
Mazatlan Seafood and Grill employee Kevin Torres carries four carne asada tacos to a customer on Thursday, June 25, in Ferndale. The restaurant recently opened on Main Street. The Bellingham Herald

A little bit of Mazatlan flavor has arrived in Ferndale.

Lourdes A. Medina recently opened Mazatlan Seafood and Grill at 2012 Main St., near Main St. Bar & Grill. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

While it’s a Mexican-style restaurant, the goal is to be different from others in the area, said Ernesto A. Torres, who manages the eatery. Mazatlan is geared toward seafood dishes, with such items as octopus stew on the menu.

Torres said they also plan to have fresh ingredients whenever possible, rather than use ingredients out of a can. Mazatlan is currently a small place, with seating for about 25 people, but if business goes well, they hope to expand.

“Our goal is to have the best service and quality at a fair price,” Torres said.

The restaurant is in a soft-opening mode and is adding items to the menu. They are also putting together a kids’ menu and have applied for a state liquor license to sell beer and wine. Details about the restaurant can be found at its Facebook page and by calling 360-319-5592.

OXFORD SUITES CLOSE TO OPENING BELLINGHAM FACILITY

The 99-room Oxford Suites going in at 4051 Meridian St. (near Barnes & Noble) is taking reservations as construction crews put the finishing touches on the hotel.

Reservations are being accepted for Sept. 1 and beyond, but Curt Baney, president of Oxford Suites Bellingham, expects it to open earlier.

“In the next month we’ll be accepting reservations for earlier in the summer as the actual date of opening becomes clear,” he said in a news release.

The five-story hotel will offer a full hot breakfast buffet, an indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room and an exercise facility. Specially designed pet-friendly suites also will be available, according to the news release.

Details can be found at its Facebook page and at oxfordsuitesbellingham.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

The local breweries did well at the annual Washington Beer Awards, announced earlier this month. Chuckanut Brewery won four medals while Aslan Brewery and Kulshan Brewery received three medals each. Boundary Bay, Wander Brewing and Menace Brewing also won medals. Complete results are at wabeerawards.com/2015winners. ... Permits were submitted to the city to put in a Subway sandwich shop at 3123 Old Fairhaven Parkway, near the WFC store. ... Avenue Bread is celebrating its 20th anniversary with samples and giveaways at its newly remodeled downtown Bellingham cafe at 1313 Railroad Ave. The celebration runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 29. ... With food trucks increasing in popularity, a Washington State Food Truck Association was recently formed. It’s goal is to be an advocacy agency for food truck companies, particularly on legislative issues about street vending. Details are at wafoodtrucks.org.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamHeraldBiz and on Facebook at BellinghamHeraldBusiness.

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