Two downtown night spots are disappearing, as the Bistro Zazou closed this month and The Nightlight Lounge is closing later this month.
Bistro Zazou closed
After three months of business in downtown Bellingham, Bistro Zazou is now closed. A letter posted on the front window and dated Jan. 2 states that the business will be closed effective immediately.
The letter continues: “We have tried to make the business successful and have appreciated your support, but lack of funding and slow sales have made it impossible to keep our financial commitments to our vendors, staff, and others who we depend on to operate this business.”
Owner Jeff Downs could not be reached for comment.
If you have a gift card for the restaurant, the letter includes an address for mailing the card to get a full refund.
The French restaurant opened in October in the former Chiribins space located at 113 E. Magnolia St. For more information, call 734-0817.
The Nightlight to close this month
After four years of rock shows and drink specials, the Nightlight Lounge will close its doors for good on Jan. 26.
Owner Matt Feigenbaum said the nightclub and music venue, located at 211 E. Chestnut St., just wasn’t making enough money to stay open.
“It’s rather a miracle we’ve made it this far,” he said.
From the beginning, the club struggled financially because of the large initial investment that went into it, he said. He also said marketing has been a challenge in Bellingham due to a lack of enough radio stations and print media, as well as a community that doesn’t respond well to advertising.
“And also just dealing with the powers that be,” he said, referring to government regulatory bodies. In June 2007, the Nightlight’s business license was revoked and the club was shut down for several days by the Department of Revenue for failure to pay taxes.
Feigenbaum will spend the next few weeks trying to sell the business, preferably to a buyer who would “continue the mission” of running a live-music club, he said. He said he intends to reach out to people in the region’s music industry to advertise the club for sale.
“I will never operate with a fire sale mentality,” he said.
Feigenbaum did not wish to disclose what his asking price for the business would be or how much he had invested in it.
The 1,500-square-foot club opened in September 2004 and employs a staff of about 20 to 25. For more information, visit www.nightlightlounge.com.