Happy news seems to often accompany sad news, which is the case today. In announcing a new location in Central Ballard, A la Mode Pies owner Chris Porter revealed that his Phinney Ridge location will be forced to close in 2023 because the building is slated to demolished to make way for Community Land Trust low-income housing.
It’s a bittersweet move for Porter (pictured above at left with partner Melih Can), who purposely opened this as close to Phinney as possible. Porter recently told the My Ballard Blog “Opening in Ballard means A la Mode Pies will never go dark during the construction process. We love the Ballard / Phinney Ridge neighborhood – the community has supported us for years and we want to continue to produce the ‘best pies in Seattle’ for many years to come.”
The new location is located in the former Parfait Ice Cream parlor at 2034 NW 56th St after the previous owner decided to move on from the business. This is providing A la Mode with an exciting opportunity: making their own ice cream from scratch because part of the sale included a pasteurizing machine. Porter says the flavors and combinations will “be like Ben & Jerry’s”).
The cafe is now open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and is planning on adding extensive outdoor seating in the coming months.