Bellingham couple buys The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar

J.D. and Rebecca Merris recently bought The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, which opened in May 2010 at 416 W. Bakerview Road in Bakerview Square. The sale closed June 22.

The Bellingham couple said they want to cultivate a friendly and cozy atmosphere at The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, which features upholstered furniture and, of course, a fireplace.

“This is a great meeting place for couples, friends and social groups,” J.D. Merris said in a press release. “In addition to a wide selection of martinis, wine and spirits, we offer five beers on tap.”

Merris said he will cut back on his real-estate activities in order to manage The Fireside. He also said they would start offering lunch there later this summer and that the menu would gradually be expanded and emphasize local and organic food.

“We’ll draw upon our passion for food and phase into a new menu that will please foodies,” Merris said in the release. “We’ll also be training our staff so our new gluten-free options stay that way during preparation and serving.”

The Fireside will retain the same operating hours of 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday until lunch is added. For more information, call (360) 738-1000 or visit www.firesidemartini.com.

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