California-style taco bar coming to Ferndale

The Old Post Bar on Woodward in Ferndale is undergoing a major transformation that will bring a drastically different look and new genre of food to so-called fashionable Ferndale.

The Woodward Imperial, a California-style taco bar (think fish tacos and such), is in the process of major renovations of the space the Post left behind, says Cristina Sheppard Decius, executive director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority. She says the restaurant brings a whole new kind of menu to town and turns a worn-out building and prominent empty spot into a head-turner.

The owners are putting extra effort into returning the building to its original, more attractive state, before a flimsy facade went up years ago, she says.

The city and DDA have helped out with grants to move along the project, which has run into some unexpected construction delays due to taking the historic preservation route. Instead of a November or so opening date, it may open in January, Sheppard-Decius says.

One of the most outstanding parts of the project, which has big plantation shutters between the indoor and outdoor dining areas, is the open air seating on the restaurant front on Woodward and the alley behind it.

"This is something we'd like to see a lot more of," Sheppard-Decius says. "This is just a really great addition to Ferndale for many reasons."

Source: Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director, Ferndale DDA
Writer: Kim North Shine
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