New Bellingham restaurant offers healthy options

A new Bellingham restaurant is focusing on getting healthy food out fast for downtown customers.

Briana and Julius Stoker recently opened Brotha Dudes at 202 E. Holly St., in the former Black Pearl space facing Railroad Avenue. The restaurant offers a large vegetarian menu that includes salads, wraps and a falafel sandwich. The eatery also has a few items for the carnivore, including a Brotha Ruben and a Dudes Sandwich.

The Stokers moved to Bellingham to be closer to family, but noticed a need for healthy quick food that people could pick up for lunch and dinner. Along with the set meals, the restaurant will offer healthy snacks like raisins and homemade hummus. Briana Stoker said they hope the downtown location attracts nearby workers and students looking for a healthy snack that is locally sourced; they also will have organic products when available. Brotha Dudes has a sit-down service but can do orders to go. They also are part of the Viking Food delivery service.

The business name comes from a family member hiking trail nickname.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call 360-933-1927 or visit Brotha Dudes’ Facebook page.


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