An edible intersection
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
If you’ve not yet had a chance to dive into a pizza at Greene’s Corner, you’re missing out.
The 49-seat restaurant on the corner of James and Virginia streets opened in the old Vis Seafood location last December, when owners Lance Bailey and Kristine Kager relocated from their previous intersection in Ferndale.
The pair have a phenomenal pizza selection—a whopping 18 choices—all of them New York-style, which means a deliciously thin crust and a focus on innovative toppings.
We came in on a Wednesday evening for a Homer’s Greek ($15.64-$24.88) and loved the combination of feta, artichoke hearts, spinach, olives and cheese. “Some people have told us we’re a little pricey, but if that’s true it’s because we make everything from scratch,” Bailey said. “It’s much more time-intensive to do that than to throw a ready-made pizza base into the oven.”
You can certainly taste the difference.
Greene’s Corner is an airy, open space with a long fridge wall filled with lesser-known beers. A much-loved circular couch nestles in the corner, inviting diners to get comfortable and stay awhile. Outside are picnic tables under the oak trees for hot summer days, and the picnic bench theme continues inside with plenty of movable seating that can easily accommodate groups or families.
Bailey deliberately located the beer taps far in the back of the restaurant so the dining space could be fully available to diners of all ages. In typical Bellingham style, the atmosphere is laid back, casual and come-as-you-are. Diners order their food at the cash till and bus their own tables. The word “formality” doesn’t exist at Greene’s.
Bailey and Kager are also the owners of Fools Onion Catering, a business they opened in 2002. An economics major at Western Washington University, Bailey briefly ran Fools Onion Restaurant Catering in Fairhaven, but opted to close its doors when he saw the recession coming. The two were running the natural foods market, coffee and café on the border of Bellingham and Ferndale, but noting the seasonality of business, made the move to James Street.
Opening near Coconut Kenny’s wasn’t an issue, Bailey said. “We share some common themes on our menus, but we’re not the same,” he reflected. “We’re more of a bottle shop, carrying a wide variety of obscure beer you’re not going to find in many other locations.”
Greene’s Corner has live music on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and a menu of burgers, sandwiches and pizzas that’s available all day. Bailey is also planning to expand the breakfast menu and create a burger menu beyond the three varieties he highlights now.
“Food-wise, I want to be known for having the best food in Bellingham,” he said.
If the Homer’s Greek is any reflection of their overall repertoire, Bailey and Kager are already well on their way to that goal. Stop by for a quick meal and enjoy the airy atmosphere, the down-home local feel and the love and attention invested in the selection of both food and beer.
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