Currant Bistro is now open inside the new Sound Hotel in Belltown, serving European-inspired small plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Currant Bistro via Instagram
This week, a new bistro opens in Belltown's new Sound Hotel, diehard fans of the beloved greasy spoon Beth's Cafe fear for the restaurant's future now that the land it sits on is for sale, and Flatstick Pub announces a location opening in Tacoma. Read on to learn more about this week in food news. For more ideas, check out our list of food and drink specials to try in February and our full food and drink calendar.

OPENINGS
Currant Bistro
This new European-style bistro inside the new Sound Hotel Seattle from Jon Langley, a chef who previously worked with the Heavy Restaurant Group restaurants Purple Café & Wine Bar, The Commons, Meet the Moon, and Thackeray as well as the recently closed Dexter Brewhouse, opened on Tuesday, February 12. The breakfast and lunch menu includes bread, pastries, bagels, salads, and sandwiches, while the dinner menu is composed of cheese, charcuterie, snacks, salads, tartines, sandwiches, and flatbreads.
Belltown

Kelly Cannoli
This new roadside storefront from owner Kelly Wilson, who previously offered cannoli through her catering service, is now open and serves fresh cannoli piped to order and stuffed with ricotta. Gluten-free options are also available.
North Seattle

Sankaku
Formerly a pop-up, this onigiri cafe is now open inside the space of the natural wine bar and bistro Marseille in Capitol Hill's Melrose Market on Mondays and Tuesdays only (the days when Marseille is closed). The menu includes onigiri (rice balls) with flavors like bonito, salmon shiso, and ume kombu (preserved plum and seaweed), with side dishes like cabbage salad, sweet potato salad, and tamagoyaki (a Japanese-style omelette).
Capitol Hill

CLOSURES
Bick's Broadview Grill
This laidback American neighborhood spot in Greenwood closed sometime around the beginning of the year. No further details are known about the closure.
Greenwood

Community Table
This restaurant from the nonprofit FareStart on the Amazon Campus, which was partially funded by Amazon, has closed due to lack of sufficient traffic and will be returned to Amazon.
South Lake Union

Gordon Biersch
The American brewery chain known for its German-style beer closed its Pacific Place location (the last of its outposts in Washington) permanently on January 13.
Downtown

Old Ballard Liquor Co.
The former craft aquavit distillery, which evolved into a Scandinavian cafe, is closing this weekend, as owner Lexi makes the transition to lead the food program at Skål Beer Hall. She told My Ballard, "OBLC has been a passion project for a long time but the location is extremely challenging and takes up a disproportionate amount of my time and energy to sustain. It’s sadly not realistic to try and keep both projects simultaneously.” To say goodbye, there will be a closing party on Sunday, with $5 bites, $7 cocktails, Scandinavian beers, Scandinavian-inspired food courtesy of Skål sous chef Jon Bidgood, and live music.
Ballard

Roy Street Coffee & Tea
This experimental indie coffee house owned by Starbucks (also known as a "stealth Starbucks") is set to close at the end of April after ten years of business.
Capitol Hill

OTHER FOOD NEWS
Beth's Cafe property listed for sale
The property that iconic 24-hour diner Beth's Cafe sits on has been listed for sale for $6 million on Redfin. Beth's general manager Janelle Norviel told The Stranger that the property is for sale for developers and that Beth's has no current plans to move or close.

Loxsmith Bagels no longer opening a brick-and-mortar store
According to recent comments on Instagram, it appears that bagel pop-up Loxsmith Bagels will no longer be opening a shop in Ballard as previously planned. In a response to Eater Seattle on Instagram, owner Matthew Segal said that he is planning a pop-up at Montana in March and will soon have a kitchen in Pioneer Square, but confirmed that no retail brick-and-mortar plans are currently planned.

Melrose Market sold to developers
Melrose Market, the indoor food and retail market on Capitol Hill that houses Terra Plata, Sitka & Spruce, Rain Shadow Meats, Butter Home, Glasswing, Still Liquor, Homegrown, and Melrose Market Studios, has been sold to shopping center developer Regency Centers, which also owns the Broadway Market shopping center where QFC is located. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the center was sold for $15.5 million. According to Capitol Hill Seattle, Terra Plata chef and owner Tamara Murphy said in a Facebook comment, "Simmer down everyone. Nothing is changing, just new owners," adding, "At least for now!"

Bonchon possibly coming to Factoria
Eater Seattle reports that Bonchon, the wildly popular Korean fried chicken chain, is rumored to be planning to open a location in the Factoria area. The chain is currently planning to open its first Washington location in First Hill, which could happen any day now, given reports from a Stranger Things To Do Staff member that window coverings have been taken down and a soda machine has been installed in the last couple of weeks.

Chef Mutsuko Soma launches IndieGoGo fund for upcoming bar
Acclaimed chef Mutsuko Soma of the Japanese restaurant Kamonegi in Fremont and sake sommelier Russell King have launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for Hannyatou, their upcoming sake bar. The campaign has a goal of $15,000, which will be used to upgrade the bar's patio space and for renovations.

Flatstick Pub opening location in Tacoma
Local craft beer bar and mini-golf chain Flatstick Pub plans to open its biggest location yet in downtown Tacoma, in the former space of the Learning Sprout Toys store on Pacific Avenue. The location will open in late 2019 and feature a menu devised by chef Ethan Stowell.

Best of Hands Barrelhouse opening soon in West Seattle
The forthcoming brewery Best of Hands Barrelhouse, which has been underway for over two years, will at last open in the former space of the convenience store John's Corner Deli in West Seattle on March 8. The brewery will highlight farmhouse and sour ales inspired by Belgian and French brewing techniques and made with local ingredients, with 20 beers on tap and an outdoor patio.

EVENTS
FRIDAY, FEB. 15
Praxis Release at The Beer Junction
Be the first to try the Beer Junction's first small-batch release of 2019: Praxis, a hazy wheat DIPA at 8.5% ABV.

FEB. 15-19
5th Annual Black & Brew: Imperial Stout Celebration
Each year, Watershed Pub & Kitchen taps 15 of the "most delicious, decadent, and eclectic imperial stouts" they can get their hands on at once. This year, they promise to take guests to the "maltiest, darkest reaches of the craft beer universe," paired with suitably hearty comfort food.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16
Carla Hall at JuneBaby
For Black History Month, JuneBaby chef Edouardo Jordan is enlisting some major talent, including the ebullient Nashville-born chef and TV personality Carla Hall, one-time cohost of ABC's cooking-themed talk show The Chew and former contestant and fan favorite on Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. Hall—who spent years working as a runway model in Paris, Milan, and London in the 1990s, and ate her way through Europe—cooks Southern food inspired by her memories of her grandmother's Sunday suppers and espouses a philosophy of "cooking with love," insisting that care will come through in the finished product. (It seems to check out: The inimitable Jacques Pépin once said he could “die happy” after tasting her fresh peas.) At this event, she'll bring her soul-food stylings to JuneBaby’s menu.

Fremont Cider Making
Sample cider and snacks while learning about the history of cider, different styles, and the fundamentals of home cider making, then take home a growler of your own DIY cider.

Ghostfish 4th Anniversary Release & Party
Gluten-free craft brewery Ghostfish will celebrate four years of business with the release of their new Anniversary Brew, aged on sweet Pacific Northwest cherries, plus all their best brews on tap.

Hop Mob
Taste the best of Washington's Triple IPAs (like Reuben's Brews' Crush Series Hazy, Aslan's Megathrust, and Georgetown's Rudi Lay Tuck Tuck) in four- or 10-ounce pours.

Optimism's Cheers to Three Years
Optimism Brewing will celebrate their third birthday with the release of their brand new Triple Hazy IPA, free glass giveaways, raffles, free merch, brewery tours, and over 18 beers on tap, plus food truck fare from CheBogz Filipino Food Truck, Alaskan Dumplings, and Off the Rez. Proceeds from charity raffles and a portion of all proceeds from the party will go to Capitol Hill Housing.

Raclette Party
It's chilly outside. Warm up with melty cheese draped over baguettes, veggies, and charcuterie at this raclette party. Your meal will be paired with wine from Seven Hills, Double Canyon, and Archery Summit.

WineSeattle: Washington Wine Blog Critics Choice
Gaze upon the city's skyline while you taste a stellar lineup of vintage Washington wines. 

FEB. 16-17
Wine and Chocolate
Cloudlift will partner with Chocolates by Reona to pair chocolates with eight different wines.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17
Alki Oyster Fest 2019
At the second annual Oyster Fest on Alki Beach, slurp fresh Hama Hama oysters alongside a glass of wine or craft beer from nearby Ampersand Cafe and West Seattle Brewing Company while listening to live music. Net proceeds benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, whose mission is to “restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound through tangible, on-the-ground projects."

Brunch with Musang: Year of the Pig
Bar del Corso chef Melissa Miranda will host a special Chinese New Year-inspired edition of her Filipino brunch pop-up Musang, with nods to the Year of the Pig.

Cowboy Ramen
The Maple Leaf-based barbecue joint Barbecue Smith will serve up steaming bowls of ramen with their signature "Texas-inspired" twist.

Fire & Ash: SE Asia ft. Gado Gado PDX
Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly of the Portland-based Indonesian pop-up Gado Gado will visit Renee Erickson's restaurant the Whale Wins for one night only, serving their a la carte menu from the outdoor grill and the Whale Wins' wood oven. Guests can look forward to sate kambing, sardines in balado, beef rendang, roti, oven-roasted turmeric pickles with peanuts, urap salad, and "lots of sambal."

Métier Brewing Company Beer Dinner
Brewmaster Rodney Hines, owner of the recently opened Métier Brewing Company in Woodinville, will join Salare for a dinner focused on "the impact and value of strong diverse communities."

MONDAY, FEB. 18
Duck, Duck, More Duck!
This duck-heavy menu by Ursidae (a pop-up by New York transplant chef Jay Guerrero, who's previously spent time at Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune in NYC and Bar Melusine and Boat Street Cafe in Seattle) will feature the fine-feathered fowl in a variety of preparations, from foie gras to duck confit with salt potatoes and duck fat shortbread with a tangy passionfruit sorbet for dessert, along with drink pairings from Delancey's Jonny Henningson.

Ghostfish 4th Anniversary Dinner
The gluten-free craft brewery will commemorate four years with a four-course dinner prepared by chef Joshua Beckham, paired with brews selected by head brewer Reid Ackerman.

Jamaican Staycation
At this pop-up from Campari and Appleton Rum, dress in your sunniest vacation attire, sip an exclusive menu of tropical cocktails by Jessica Yến Manzey, and dine on a menu of jerk chicken tacos and more from Dylon Tubb and Anita Pedroza.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19
Unlikely Pairings: A Chocolate and Beer Journey
Chocolate and beer may make an odd couple, but this tasting will show you just how well they complement each other with four limited edition beers inspired by Seattle Chocolate’s seasonal chocolate truffle bars, along with pub snacks. Take home a bag full of Seattle Chocolate’s Valentine’s Day bars and Pyramid’s Unlikely Pairings Oatmeal Pale Ale.