New Owners at the Fireside

J.D. and Rebecca Merris recently acquired The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar in Bakerview Square. In a press release, the Bellingham couple said they want to cultivate a friendly and cozy atmosphere at the bar.

“This is a great meeting place for couples, friends and social groups,” said J.D. Merris, who will cut back on his real-estate activities to manage The Fireside. “In addition to a wide selection of martinis, wine and spirits, we offer five beers on tap.”

Merris said The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar will start offering lunch later this summer. Its menu will be expanded gradually and will 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. “We’ll also be training our staff so our new gluten-free options stay that way during preparation and serving.”

The Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, which opened May 1, 2010, is at 416 W. Bakerview Road. It retains the same operating hours, 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until lunch is added. Jazz will be offered Friday and Saturday nights. For details, call 360-738-1000 or see

Read the full article by Dave Gallagher at the Bellingham Herald.