By Stefanie Donahue
The lights are back on at a popular Asian fusion restaurant on H Street in Blaine following months of closure. Formerly known as Sweet Tangerine Bistro, the popular hot spot located in the Blaine International Shopping Center reopened last week to debut a new owner, a revitalized menu and updated name.
The restaurant, now called Sweet Tangerine Teriyaki, still serves many of the old menu favorites and is now open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The restaurant was previously owned by Chada Probert of Chada Thai, located on Peace Portal Drive.
Probert said owning two restaurants became overwhelming and decided to ask her friend and chef Veronica Kessler to take over the restaurant.
In August, Kessler eagerly took on the challenge and hasn’t looked back. “I have always had a passion for cooking,” she said.
Her cooking career kicked off in Tacoma where she owned and operated a teriyaki restaurant, a café selling mini donuts and bubble tea and a mobile food truck.
Her eateries gained popularity and later expanded to neighboring locations, including McChord Field, an air force base located in Pierce County.
In 2009, she moved to Ferndale with her family and has since operated a mobile crepe cart in Bellingham called Bon Appetit, serving both sweet and savory treats to passersby at the farmer’s market.
She also spent three years as a chef at Western Washington University cooking up internationally inspired dishes for hungry
students and staff.
For years, she’s aspired to open a restaurant close to her home in Ferndale, she said.
The updated menu is a combination of creations pulled from Probert’s previous menu and specialties crafted by Kessler, with the most expensive item
The menu features a sweet and savory crepe menu, a kids meal and bubble tea in addition to several teriyaki selections, vegetarian options, salads,
soups and more. The full menu can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page at the following link, bit.ly/2eoZ09T.