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Coconut Kenny’s to bring taste of the tropics to Lynden

Employee Jillian Segaline carries a Catalina salad and a Kailua Kona pizza to customers at Coconut Kenny’s on Thursday, May 20, in Bellingham, Wash. Another Coconut Kenny’s restaurant is expected to open in Lynden in mid-summer.
Employee Jillian Segaline carries a Catalina salad and a Kailua Kona pizza to customers at Coconut Kenny’s on Thursday, May 20, in Bellingham, Wash. Another Coconut Kenny’s restaurant is expected to open in Lynden in mid-summer. eabell@bhamherald.com

Bringing a tropical feel to the local restaurant scene has turned out to be a successful recipe for Chay and Lee Tan.

The Tan brothers own Coconut Kenny’s, a Hawaiian-themed group of restaurants in Whatcom and Skagit counties. The latest addition is expected to come to Lynden later this summer. The owners are in negotiations to take over the Milt’s Pizza Place space in the Lynden Towne Plaza at 8122 Guide Meridian.

The owners of Milt’s announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page that its last day is Sunday, May 29. Tan said they plan to get in the space soon after Milt’s closes to do some remodeling and hope to be ready sometime in July.

The Lynden restaurant with be the fifth for the company, with the others in Bellingham, Ferndale, Burlington and Sedro-Woolley. The Tans have owned the 17-year-old company for the past 12 years.

Chay Tan said they regularly survey their customers to see where they are coming from and where they would like to see the next Coconut Kenny’s.

“Our customers have been requesting a Lynden location for quite a while now, so we were really excited when we got the opportunity to put one out there,” Tan said.

Tan said the success of the restaurants is tied to making sure the basics are covered: Serving delicious food at an affordable price with a friendly staff in a relaxed setting.

“We want anyone who dines at our restaurants to feel like they are on a tropical vacation during their lunch or dinner,” he said.

Pizza and sandwiches are the restaurant’s focus. Popular selections include the Big Kahuna Pizza, King Mahalo Sandwich, Killer Pork Sandwich and Hawaiian-style cheeseballs.

Since the Lynden restaurant will be undergoing a remodel well into summer, the outdoor movies that Milt’s Pizza provided in previous years will not be shown. Tan said they may bring those back next summer.

Coconut Kenny’s four current restaurants are open every day for lunch and dinner. Details can be found at coconutkennys.com or its Facebook page.

BELLINGHAM ARTISAN DOG PRODUCTS HIT STORES

Two Terriers, which makes artisan dog products including beef supplements, treats and shampoo in Bellingham, is now in several local stores.

The company says the products are now available in several stores, including Whole Foods, the Fairhaven Haggen, Hohl Feed & Seed, the local Whatcom Farmer co-ops and The Green Barn in Lynden.

The beef comes from humanely raised cattle from Yakima and is hand-trimmed and packed locally in glass jars. The treats are pumpkin peanut butter biscuits and the shampoo uses organic Castile soap.

Details about the business can be found at twoterriersinc.com.

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