214 Maple Avenue restaurant development prospects?

A pickup truck is parked in front of the former COA Restaurant in La Conner

Ken Stern

THE ONCE AND FUTURE RESTAURANT – Mostly recently the Mexican restaurant COA, will it be updated and become La Conner's third Mexican eatery. Owned by Adrian and Ruth Ibarra, a Skagit Valley couple owning other such establishments, some wonder if that is what this renovation will become.

Folks are asking what's going on at the former COA Mexican Eatery at Maple and Washington.

Town of La Conner officials are wondering as well.

Unspecified renovations are under way at the building, which was transported to the site in the 1970s as the new Joe's Drive-In when that business outgrew its original venue at Maple and Talbott.

The Town Planning Department wants to contact property owners Adrian and Ruth Ibarra to learn their intentions for the structure since it has been vacant and may require new permitting.

"It's a very interesting property," Town Assistant Planner Ajah Eills told t...

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