Yes, you read that right: Snag a free cheesy, melty sandwich from Seattle Baking at Ounces this Saturday. Ounces via Facebook
This week, Ounces will give away free grilled cheese sandwiches, chef Taylor Cheney's Arabic walk-up window Yalla opens inside the former space of Tortas Condesa, beloved U-District institution Sureshot Cafe has announced it'll be saying goodbye at the end of the month, and a new tribute to beloved dive Moon Temple will be coming to Capitol Hill. Find out about all that and more food news below. For more things to eat and drink, try our list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, our list of food and drink specials to try this March, and our full food and drink calendar.

OPENINGS
Bar Mercato
In the former space of the Mexican restaurant Chavez in Pike Place Market, the owners of neighboring Mercato Stellina have opened Bar Mercato, a new lounge with small bites like bruschetta and charcuterie and simple drinks like Negronis, Americanos, wine, and beer. Mercato Stellina's menu of pasta and pizza is also available. The new bar also has a happy hour from 3-6 pm daily.
Downtown

Sponsored
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Gan Bei
This Asian fusion bar, which opened in the International District and had its first Yelp review in January, serves Cantonese/Hong Kong-style comfort food like garlic jalapeno chicken wings, chicken congee, and ma po tofu.
International District

Yalla
Today, chef Taylor Cheney, who's spent time at Mistral Kitchen and the Harvest Vine, will soft-open her Arabic pop-up Yalla (meaning "Let's go!" in Arabic) in the walk-up window previously occupied by Tortas Condesa, which closed in late February. Previously Cheney lived in Egypt for a year, where she studied the country's cuisine, and ran her pop-up at Marjorie. The new space will serve Middle Eastern saj wraps made with lamb, chicken, and beef or labneh, za’atar, and spinach, and mezze like charred eggplant salad and red pepper and walnut dip.
Capitol Hill

CLOSURES
Sureshot Cafe
The longtime University District institution and University of Washington student favorite Sureshot Cafe announced on Facebook that after 17 years of business, they will be closing permanently on Saturday, March 23, after losing their lease. In the post, the owners thanked customers and encouraged them to come say goodbye to their baristas before the close, and said in a comment that relocation is unlikely due to co-owner Sonny Pires, 81, having late-stage Parkinson's disease. In 2018, Stranger contributor Megan Van Huygen wrote, "The capital of the Ave, the Evergreen State College of coffee shops, Sureshot is a grunge-era institution, a relic of yester- Seattle that somehow sojourns on, baffling us all. . .Support and protect Sureshot Espresso, god, please." Fans mourned the loss of the coffee shop in the Facebook comments.
University District

Root Table
This Thai fusion restaurant has announced via a sign in their window that it will close at the end of the month due to financial issues.
Ballard

OTHER FOOD NEWS
Canlis receives James Beard's 2019 Design Foundation award
Seattle's fine-dining behemoth Canlis has been bestowed with the James Beard Foundation's Design Icon Award, which awards actively operating restaurants that have "remained substantially unchanged for at least 20 years and...influenced and inspired the design of subsequent restaurants," for its classic mid-century design created by architect Roland Terry and built in 1950. The restaurant is also up for awards for Outstanding Service and Best Chef: Northwest for its chef Brad Williams. The winners will be announced on May 6.

Katsu Burger coming to Federal Way
The local chain known for its towering deep-fried Japanese-style burgers announced on Facebook that it will be opening an outpost in Federal Way in the former space of a Stacks Burger restaurant. An opening date has not yet been announced for the spot, which will mark Katsu Burger's sixth location.

Rose Temple opening in former space of By the Pound
In the former space of By the Pound, the delicatessen/speakeasy that was unexpectedly evicted in November after failing to pay over $75,000 in rent, business partners Austin Polley (a former manager at Westward) and Benjamin Smith are opening Rose Temple, a bar that will pay tribute to the legendary Chinese-inspired Wallingford dive Moon Temple, with a loose "jungles of the Far East" theme. Polley told Capitol Hill Seattle the new establishment will be a small neighborhood bar and will feature "gangster rap and boilermakers," "Farkle and green glow lighting," and "pinch buns and bright Instagrammable drinks," as well as artist and food pop-ups and a monthly drag party. The restaurant is slated to open in April 2019.

Maria Hines selling Agrodolce
This week, James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines sold Agrodolce, her locally sourced, organic Italian restaurant featuring freshly extruded pasta in Fremont, to her executive chef Thomas Litrenta, who is taking over as the new chef-owner. Litrenta, who brings 26 years of experience to the kitchen and has spent time at Westward, Ernest Loves Agnes, and Szmania’s, plans to keep things much the same, with the exception of introducing a few more Sicilian-inspired dishes.

EVENTS
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Chocolate and Bourbon Night
Expand your palate's horizons with pairings of bourbon and chocolate, including chocolates from various cacao regions from indi chocolate and Noble Oak bourbons from distilleries across the country.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16
Brewery Tour and Tasting
Learn about the operations and history behind Optimism Brewing Co. with a tour of their full brewery and cellar facilities, plus their "beer lab" and "sensory evaluation chamber." When you're done, experience the results for yourself with a complimentary flight of beer.

Debuts & Discoveries
At this fundraiser for University Sunrise Rotary and Outdoors For All, discover new releases from local rising-star wineries, plus some distilleries, cideries, and breweries.

Free Grilled Cheese Day
Five words: toasted sourdough and melted cheese. Get yourself a free hot sandwich from Seattle Baking while you can.

Night Tide Oyster Soiree: Samish
Venture out to Taylor Shellfish Farms to experience a night tide. With the moon "shining sulkily," just as in Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter," you can traipse along the briny beach illuminated by the glow of lanterns to handpick your oysters. Then choose your own adventure: Learn to shuck your haul yourself or let one of the seasoned shellfish pros handle it, before proceeding to gulp your finds down with wine or beer around a crackling fire.

Oysters+Bubbly Series Finale
In the final installment of this series, sip bubbly and slurp bivalves from Hama Hama as you enjoy live jazz from Ben Wheeler's Jazz Hands.

MARCH 16-17
Two-Day St. Patrick's Party
Josh Grunig, owner of the upcoming Jewish deli Zylberschtein's, will put a New York Jewish twist on Irish stew, paired with warm rolls and Irish soda bread with Irish butter. Plus, the Growler Guys will serve their special Reuben-inspired corned beef and cabbage pizza.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Cupcakes and Chill
In honor of Mercer Estates' fifth anniversary, the tasting room will pair their wines with food and cupcakes by catering pro Pretty Young Chef. Stas Thee Boss will provide the soundtrack.

Hoppy St. Pawtrick's Day
Floating Bridge will release their Schwarz Sour Ale for St. Patrick's Day, with a portion of proceeds from each pour benefitting the guide dog training program Seattle Puppy Raisers. You'll also get the chance to win cool prizes (like a free growler) and your dog could walk away with a cute new green bandana. 

Saltadena St. Patrick’s Day Pop-Up
This pop-up by Bellingham-based home bakery business Saltadena will include cake by the slice, French macarons, cookies, and some treats inspired by Girl Scout cookies and St. Patrick's Day. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available, too.

MONDAY, MARCH 18
Author Talk: Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen
James Beard Award–winning author Andrea Nguyen is a respected authority on Vietnamese cuisine. Her new book, Vietnamese Food Any Day, makes Vietnamese cooking more accessible than ever by explaining how to prepare authentic flavors at home using ingredients you can procure at any mainstream grocery store. It has recipes for dishes like honey-glazed pork riblets, chile garlic chicken wings, and no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice cream. At this event, she’ll discuss the book and sign copies purchased at Book Larder.

Women Making History
For March, Molly Moon's ice cream flavors will all be inspired by powerful women who inspire owner Molly Moon Neitzel—Patty Murray,  workers' rights advocate and activist Saru Jayaraman, Plum Restaurants chef/owner Makini Howell, and Molly's mom. At this event, Molly Moon's will scoop these special flavors, and Riveter founder and CEO Amy Nelson will speak to Molly, Saru, Makini, and Patty for a conversation about the progress women have made in politics, business and the restaurant industry and what's next for 2019, capped off with a champagne toast dedicated to women.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Seattle Chocolate Spring Flavor Release Party
Be the first to try Seattle Chocolate's new spring flavors and learn about their flavor development process while sipping sparkling wine and savoring treats.