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Travelers flying out of the Bellingham International Airport may get to experience a full-service restaurant and lounge as early as this spring, if Port of Bellingham Commissioners approve a lease at the next Commission meeting on July 19.Scotty Browns Restaurant Group has been selected by Port staff as the best airport restaurant and lounge proposal from a variety of businesses that submitted proposals earlier this year. The Commission will review the proposed five-year lease with three (3) five-year renewals and decide whether to approve it next week. “For years our airport customers have asked for additional dining and beverage services at the terminal,” said Port Real Estate Development Manager Shirley McFearin, who negotiated the proposed lease. “With 500,000 passengers flying out of Bellingham this year, we now have enough business to support a full-service restaurant and lounge. We believe Scotty Browns would be an excellent partner at our airport.”Browns Socialhouse has been familiar to people in British Columbia since 2004 when the business opened its first restaurant in North Vancouver. Whatcom County got to experience their food in 2009, when they opened Scotty Browns at Barkley Village. The company now operates 14 restaurants in Canada, as well as the one Bellingham location.Scotty Browns ownership said the company anticipates spending more than $500,000 of private funds to build and fully outfit the airport restaurant, if the Commission approves the lease. The business would occupy approximately 1,430 square feet and would include seating for up to 50 people in the restaurant and 30 people in the lounge. Scotty’s owners have said they anticipate providing a similar, but more limited menu than the Barkley Village restaurant. “We are excited for this opportunity presented to us by the Port Commission,” said Scotty Browns’ co-owner Robert Walker. “Due to the great response we received with our first location in Barkley Village, we have chosen to move forward with a second location in the Bellingham Airport. This smaller Scotty Browns will offer the same great food, atmosphere, and service as our flagship restaurant.”The proposed 5-year lease includes payments to the port based on its gross receipts. The restaurant and lounge will be in the secure section of the airport, as part of the 20,000 square foot expansion the port completed in June. That $8.5 million terminal expansion included a new secure gate holding area for passengers with double the seating and a greatly improved terminal building.
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