This week, Ballard just got a little sweeter with the opening of a new location of Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery. Read on to learn about that and more of the latest food news, like chef Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi being named one of Food and Wine's best new chefs for 2019, and events for your weekend, like the Ballard Brewed Spring Beer Festival. For more ideas, check out our guide to where to eat for Easter brunch, our guide to Seattle Restaurant Week, our list of food and drink specials to try in April, and our full food and drink calendar.

Ben Paris
Named after the late Seattle sportsman and entrepreneur (who used to run a famous restaurant of the same name in the same location early last century), this "casual, lively" establishment, which opened inside the recently renovated State Hotel on March 22, has an old-timey Americana vibe. The menu includes updated American classics like avocado toast, tuna confit on toast, fried chicken, and grain bowls, with cocktails like the "Hail, Columbia!" (vodka, rosemary, amaro limoncello, citrus) and the "Paris Between the Wars" (Scotch, Campari, honey, lemon, cider).

Spark Pizza
Spark Pizza, a cozy pizzeria from Woodblock owners Carolyn and Tony Scott, is now open inside a former Redmond home and received its first Yelp review on April 6. The space features a fire pit and a deck, while the menu offers seasonal and house wood-fired pizzas, rotating pasta specials, appetizers, salads, desserts, and more, with a selection of 20 beers, local and imported wine, and cocktails on tap. Reviews are positive so far.

Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery
The University District's popular ice cream shop, which offers unique flavors like banana Nutella and dirty chai affogato made with organic local milk, opened its second location in Ballard in a space shared with vegan donut chain Mighty-O Donuts. The new location features more vegan flavors, including a Neapolitan flavor that features chocolate Mighty-O donuts, strawberry compote, and vanilla coconut cream.

Tougo Coffee
This Central District-based coffee shop recently opened a second location in First Hill and had its first Yelp review on February 26. The cafe works with several high-quality ethical coffee roasters and uses a range of brewing methods, and offers food options like Sunrise breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos.
First Hill

Ballard Loft
Dan and Erin Murphy, the owners of this event space and neighborhood sports bar, announced via Facebook on Tuesday that they would be closing "effective immediately" after over 11 years of business and thanked patrons for their business. They later told Eater Seattle, "The inconsistent business patterns of a sports and late-night driven establishment has become too difficult to operate." Dan and Erin are seeking a buyer for the business.

This beloved neighborhood bistro will close on June 22 after 15 years of business. The restaurant is inviting customers to come back and try some of its most popular dishes, such as its house lasagna with Italian sausage, before it shutters. Owners Philip Van Seters and Jesse Thomas have chosen not to renew their lease. In 2004, former Stranger contributor Sara Dickerman wrote of Crow, "There is something pleasantly surprising about how good nearly every dish tastes." Crow's nearby sibling restaurant Betty will remain open.
Queen Anne

Freddy Junior's
This no-frills Capitol Hill burger joint from Freddy Rivas, the owner of Rancho Bravo, has closed due to issues with a lack of time and staffing. Rivas told Capitol Hill Seattle he is open to the idea of re-opening in the future, given enough time and resources to "give it the attention it needs and deserves."
Capitol Hill

The South Lake Union cafe Nollie's announced via social media that it would be closing after 11 years of business and thanked family, friends, and faithful regulars. The announcement did not elaborate on details behind the closure.
South Lake Union

Mutsuko Soma named one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs 2019
Chef Mutsuko Soma of the Fremont Japanese restaurant Kamonegi, which was named 2018 Restaurant of the Year by Seattle Met and was named one of the 18 best new restaurants in the country by Eater in 2018, has been declared one of Food and Wine's 10 Best New Chefs for 2019.

Zylberschtein's opening later this month
After a series of pop-up previews, the much-anticipated Jewish deli and bakery Zylberschtein's, from Standard Bakery owner Josh Grunig, is finalizing preparations for its opening and is ready to open in late April. Zylberschtein's will open inside the current Standard Bakery space, and both the deli and bakery will operate under the name Zylberschtein's. (The Standard Bakery brand name will only be used for the cookies and pastries Grunig sells at the University District and Ballard farmers markets.)

Renee Erickson closes General Porpoise location in Los Angeles
After six months of business, local chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson has shut down the Los Angeles outpost of her General Porpoise Doughnuts chain due to low sales. However, Erickson has expressed that she is not opposed to attempting to open a location elsewhere in Los Angeles.

New owner at Serafina and Cicchetti
Eastlake restaurants Serafina and Cicchetti are now owned by executive chef Christian Chandler, who has been working for the establishments since 2004. Chandler plans to keep the restaurants much the same, save for a few subtle changes to the decor.

Donut Factory opening a location in University District
Lynnwood's popular Donut Factory, which is known for its confections like donuts, cake, ice cream sandwiches, and other treats like the "crobar" (a croissant-doughnut bar hybrid akin to the Cronut), is planning to open a location in the former space of Ly's Donuts in the University District by mid-May. The location will bring new flavors, such as an ube-flavored donut, plus ice cream floats, WiFi, seating for 15-20, and espresso from Pegasus Coffee.

Mean Sandwich gets new owner
The Ballard sandwich shop Mean Sandwich, started by married couple Kevin and Alex Pemoulie, has been sold to Dan Crookston, a former tech employee and Hama Hama Oyster salesman who also happens to be the husband of chef Renee Erickson. The shop has re-opened after some renovations. Crookston will retain the restaurant's menu but add some touches of his own, including a dry-aged beef burger and possibly an oyster po'boy, and will obtain a liquor license in order to expand the drink menu. He also plans to make use of the backyard patio space and take part in community events like music events and festivals.

New chef at Tankard and Tun
Sous chef Rhys Nunnelee of Pike Brewing's adjoining restaurant and oyster bar Tankard and Tun will be taking over the kitchen, replacing previous chef Gabe Spiel. Nunnelee plans to make some changes to the menu but will continue to serve well-loved staples like chowder and fish and chips.

Copine adds Sunday hours
The French-influenced Ballard restaurant Copine will offer new Sunday hours when it returns from its current annual hiatus on April 18. Chef Shaun McCrain will also introduce a new prix-fixe menu that will change weekly starting on April 21.

New restaurant from Il Corvo chef prepares to open
Based on Instagram updates, chef Mike Easton of Pioneer Square's beloved Il Corvo is expected to open his new West Seattle restaurant Il Nido sometime around May. In contrast to Il Corvo's lunch-and-weekday-only hours, the forthcoming restaurant will offer dinner five nights a week and weekend brunch, and will take advantage of the bigger space to add more time-intensive pasta varieties.

Seattle barista represents U.S. in World Coffee Championships
Local barista Sam Spillman of Dillanos Coffee Roasters in Sumner will represent the United States in the World Coffee Championships, competing against over 65 baristas from all over the world. Previously, Spillman has worked at Ladro Roasting and Cherry Street Coffee.

Neapolitan Pizza
Seattle boasts more Neapolitan pizzerias (which have to be verified as such through an official certification process) than any other city in the country. Join food blogger Angela of Figs and Flights to learn about the tradition behind this style, while enjoying pizza and cannoli, drinks, and conversation.

Oysters and Wine
Slurp half a dozen briny bivalves paired with wines from Wilridge Madrona Winery.

APRIL 12-14
Optimism Brewery Tour & 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.

APRIL 12-18
Seattle Restaurant Week
Frugal gourmands everywhere rejoice over this twice-yearly event, which lets diners tuck into prix-fixe menus at more than 165 different restaurants hoping to lure new customers with singularly slashed prices. Three courses cost a mere $35, and many restaurants also offer two-course lunches for $20. It’s an excellent opportunity to feast like a high roller at an accessible price point and cross some otherwise spendy establishments off your food bucket list, including critically acclaimed restaurants like Tilth, Sushi Kappo Tamura, and Adana.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
Sample wines from over 30 Washington wineries and try bites like cheese, chocolates, and biscotti from local restaurants, all with a view of the Guemes Channel.

Ballard Brewed Spring Beer Festival
Ballard is known for its high density of quality breweries, and this fundraiser for Bellwether Housing will let you taste two beers from 11 of them, including Bad Jimmy’s, Hale's Ales Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, NW Peaks Brewery, Obec Brewing, Peddler Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, and Stoup Brewing. Each brewery will also bring a never-before-tasted new release. Honey Mustard and the Tall Boys will provide music.

Beer Fest 2019
Taste local beers (seven samples are included in your ticket) and savor a bratwurst lunch at this benefit for Early Life Speech & Language, which provides speech therapy to children at no cost. There are vegetarian and designated driver options as well.

Cook Together: Wild King Salmon
Learn how to select, butcher, cure, and cook King salmon from chefs Jesse Barber and Brendan McGill, and glean nutritional wisdom from nutritionist Keri Romerdahl.

Dogfish Head Record Store Day
Celebrate vinyl with Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head, with their official Record Store Day beer "American Beauty" (brewed in collaboration with the Grateful Dead) and last year's release  "Dragons and YumYums" (a collaboration with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips). For every Dogfish pint you quaff, you'll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Dogfish record player.

The Great Seattle Vegan Chocolate Meltdown
Taste a smorgasbord of chocolates from Food Empowerment Project-approved companies, customize your cup of cocoa with toppings at an all-you-can-drink hot chocolate bar, and sample chocolate ice cream at a tasting station. The event will also have raffle prizes and activities for kids.

Leavenworth Ale Fest 2019
Sample a range of brews from breweries and cideries at this festival, which also includes music and a home brew competition. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, which helps bring the arts to children, families, and communities in North Central Washington.

Record Store Day 2019 with Dogfish Head Brewery
Take a break from your vinyl shopping by sipping this year's special Record Store Day beer, the American Beauty Pale Ale, which was brewed with assistance from Grateful Dead members. They'll also have lots of other beers to choose from, not to mention prizes like pint glasses, a Grateful Dead-themed Crosley record player, and more. 

Westman's Bagel Pop-Up
Partake in B.E.C.s (bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a soft roll), bagels and schmears, challah, and drink specials like egg creams, celery syrup cocktails, and beer and wine from New York-style bagel shop Westman's Bagel and Coffee.

addo Themed Brunch (April): Game of Thrones
If you're in a Game of Thrones state of mind this month, you might as well extend your fandom into your most important meal of the day. At this brunch series, you'll taste foods you would find in the different kingdoms of the fantasy series.

Loxsmith Bagel Bar Mitzvah
The popular 48-hour-fermented, lye-boiled bagel pop-up returns, this time with an all-new menu.

National Grilled Cheese Day Pop-Up
Celebrate the national holiday by partaking in cheesy, melty toasted sandwiches from various food trucks.

Author Talk: Hot Box by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Brothers Matt and Ted Lee, known for their take on Southern cooking, will discuss their new book, Hotbox, which shares insider stories from behind the scenes of the cutthroat and often unpredictable high-end catering industry, in conversation with interviewer and film producer Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report.