Husband and wife restauranteurs, Craig Serbousek and Valerie Markus, are proud to announce their new chef-owned and operated restaurant, Saltine. The anticipated opening date is slated for May 15, 2018. Saltine is at 114 Prospect Street in downtown Bellingham, formerly The Real McCoy. 

Saltine’s menu will showcase New American comfort food with an international flair. Local Pacific Northwest ingredients will be featured throughout the menu as well as the owners’ favorite finds from across the globe. The menu will include rotating seasonal fare as well as signature dishes that guests can expect year-round. Beverage selections include offerings from local breweries, complemented by an international wine list and handcrafted cocktail selection.

Saltine looks forward to providing Bellingham guests with a casual dining experience while maintaining an easy-going, approachable vibe. The owners are hoping to make Saltine a regular “go-to” spot for Bellingham residents. “We chose Bellingham’s Arts District for Saltine to be close to our guests’ favorite downtown activities while still maintaining the warm and inviting feel of a neighborhood restaurant,” said co-owner Valerie Markus. “We want to be a restaurant for everyday enjoyment—not just special occasions.” This is also reflected in Saltine’s no-reservations policy.

Together, Valerie and Craig have over 40 years of experience in the restaurant and wine industries. Craig is the former owner of two popular Seattle restaurants, Crow Restaurant & Bar and Betty Restaurant & Bar, located in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Both restaurants specialize in affordable seasonal menus and are described as having a “vibrant yet neighborhood atmosphere” similar to that of Saltine.

Valerie has spent the last 15 years as the Washington/Alaska manager for the wine importer, Vineyard Brands. She will curate Saltine’s fantastic wine selection and oversee the front of the house.

Saltine’s scheduled opening date is May 15th. Saltine’s 45- seat dining room is located at 114 Prospect Street in Downtown’s Bellingham’s Arts District. There are also plans to add a small patio to offer guests an al fresco dining experience.

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