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December 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

If you like to eat, there’s big news in little Bow-Edison

Ice lined the mouth of the Samish River at Edison over the cold weekend. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Ice lined the mouth of the Samish River at Edison over the cold weekend. (photos by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Just got back from a couple days in Bellingham, via Chuckanut Drive, and have a little news to report for fans of the expanding Bow-Edison foodie wonderland at the south end of Chuckanut:

The Rhododendron Cafe on Chuckanut Drive is under new ownership. (photos by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

The Rhododendron Cafe on Chuckanut Drive is under new ownership.

If you’re used to stopping in for a bowl of posole stew or some lime-soaked polenta cake at the Farm to Market Bakery in little old downtown Edison (all 500 feet of it), don’t be dismayed when you see the bakery empty and closed this month. Just turn the Prius around and cruise a mile or so back to the corner of Bow Hill Road and Chuckanut Drive and the little old Rhododendron Cafe, the new home to Jim and Lisa Kowalski, who ran the Farm to Market in recent years.

Longtime owners (since 1984, which is about a century in restaurateur years) Don and Carol Shank retired in October and hung up their aprons at the Rhododendron, a popular food stop on the scenic route to the City of Subdued Excitement (Bellingham). With fewer than a dozen tables, the cafe isn’t big — but if you’d ever squeezed

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