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- Chef Maria Hines is selling her Fremont Italian restaurant, Agrodolce, to executive chef Thomas Litrenta. He doesn’t plan to make any major changes to the menu he already oversees. Meanwhile, Hines will continue to run things at her Wallingford organic restaurant, Tilth.
- Central District Ice Cream company has shuttered its scoop shop on Union Street. The ice cream is still available, though, at nearby Nate’s Wings and Waffles.
- The renovated State Hotel near Pike Place Market has a new restaurant in the works. Ben Paris borrows its name from a 1930s Seattle entrepreneur who owned a restaurant and bar called Ben Paris Cigars, Lunch & Cards in the building’s basement. The menu will source ingredients from the market for its modern American food and cocktails when it opens at the end of March.
- Respected for his sustainable approach to sushi, chef Hajime Sato sold his West Seattle restaurant, Mashiko. Sato’s wife has cancer, and they’re moving to Detroit to better deal with her diagnosis.
- After running a pop-up enterprise for the last three years, chef Melissa Miranda will open a brick-and-mortar restaurant this fall. Musang, an homage to her Filipino roots, is in the works on Beacon Hill. Miranda is relying on financial help from a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the opening.