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Lengthy permitting delays frustrate restaurant owners eager to open

County says processing time 3-4 times longer than normal

Jabriel Donohue, owner of the Admiralty Lounge, stands in the doorway of his Bellingham restaurant as he talks and gestures with his hands.
Jabriel Donohue, owner of the Admiralty Lounge, stands in the doorway of his Bellingham restaurant on Oct. 13. Donohue is trying to open two more restaurants downtown but is still waiting to receive permits from Whatcom County Health and Community Services. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By North Bennett News Intern
Restaurant owners say they are losing money and pushing back their opening dates as they wait three

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