"Did you eat here when it was Cucina Cucina?"
I told the bartender I hadn’t.
"It’s different. It’s been given a lot of love."
She pointed to the marble bar, the dark wood back bar, to brand-new kitchen equipment. I popped my head into the redecorated dining room, too. Nice. White tablecloths, even at the booths. An upscale, but casual vibe.
Chef/owner Bill Trudnowski, a veteran of Seattle’s Consilidated Restaurants group, and partner John Howie, owner Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Bellevue and the Sport sports bar in Seattle, purchased Cucina Cucina Italian…