Travelers flying out of the Bellingham International Airport may have access to a full-service restaurant and lounge as early as this spring if Port of Bellingham Commissioners approve a lease with Scotty Browns Restaurant Group at the next commission meeting on July 19.
“For years our airport customers have asked for additional dining and beverage services at the terminal,” Shirley McFearin, port real estate development manager who negotiated the proposed lease, said in a press release. “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.”
Port staff selected the Scotty Browns proposal for an airport restaurant and lounge from a variety of proposals submitted earlier this year. The proposal is for a five-year lease with three five-year renewals and includes payments to the port based on the company’s gross receipts.
Scotty Browns 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.
In 2004, the business opened its first restaurant, Browns Socialhouse, in North Vancouver, B.C., and in 2009, opened Scotty Browns in Barkley Village. The company now operates 14 restaurants in Canada, as well as the one Bellingham location.
The company anticipates spending more than $500,000 to build and fully outfit the airport restaurant, if the commission approves the lease, according to a Port of Bellingham press release.
“We are excited for this opportunity presented to us by the port commission,” Scotty Browns’ co-owner Robert Walker said in the release. “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.”
Scotty Browns’ owners have said they anticipate providing a similar, but more limited menu than the Barkley Village restaurant, according to the release.
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.