Morgan Peters, previously General Manager of the Mount Bakery Cafe and Alec Bartee, previously head pastry chef, have been hired by The Local Public House on Railroad Ave. Together they bring fresh ideas and innovation to an already popular tap house and restaurant. Peters says a new brunch menu is already in place and a new dinner menu is launching Jan. 19, 2017.

Among the brunch offerings are unique items, including Kung Pao Corned Beef Hash and Pain Perdu. The dinner menu will be comprised of fan favorites such as the Reuben, but will also include Duck Cassolet, Thai Dungeness Crab Salad, Scallop and Wild Mushroom Risotto and an Elk Steak. Bartee, Bellingham native and now Executive Chef at The Local, said, “I like to make dishes that are familiar and approachable with a touch of whimsy. I always aim to source seasonally and locally.”

Peters said the new dinner menu will take advantage of The Local’s 34 beers on draught by offering more beer-paired food options, including a beer-paired cheese dessert course. She said, “With a knowledgeable service staff and carefully curated dishes, we want to take beer and food pairings to the next level.”

Peters said the Local Public House will soon be hosting special beer-paired dinner events. These coursed dinners will feature select beers from regional breweries and tickets will be sold prior to the event.

“We are extremely excited about welcoming both Morgan and Alec to The Local Public House. They have come in with enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and an overall commitment to providing an excellent dining experience. We are thrilled to be working with them,” Ben Buccarelli, owner and head brewer.

The Local Public House was established in 2013 by locals Tom Raden, Ben Buccarelli, and Brandon Peterson and is located at 1427 Railroad Avenue, downtown Bellingham.