but the downtown Tacoma bar and grill.
There's a new sign in the window at 933 Market St. in downtown Tacoma -- the former location of the South Sound Garage, the short-lived nightclub and steakhouse-that-never-was. A liquor license notice taped to the door announces Juno Bar and Grill. More details as I get 'em....
Meantime, over by Tacoma Mall -- the place where all those downtown businesses fled oh so long ago -- chef/owner Bill Trudnowski and partner John Howie are "furiously working on our re-model schedule and will know in the next few days when our closure and re-opening dates will be," according to an e-mail from Trudnowski.
The closure Trudnowski refers to is of Cucina Cucina Italian Cafe, which he and Howie, veterans of Seattle's Consolidated Restaurants, purchased in June. The new place is called The Adriatic Grill. For those of us who aced third-grade geography, the Adriatic Sea borders Italy, the former Yugoslavia and other Mediterranean nations. Trudnowski and Howie's restaurant will be "Italian cuisine and wine bar."
"But, as the name states, we can pull from the entire region for ideas and food that we can have fun with," Trudnowski said. "Everything will be made fresh. We did a 35-item menu change and phase one of the wine list in September to help move us forward. Many staples will be on the re-opening menu but we will also have selections that will be leading edge on our fresh sheet. Pizza oven will stay and be used more. I will re-model our cooking line to better produce the level of food that we will do. Dining room and bar will be re-modeled. Outside already has a few changes and has been painted."
You be the judge of change at Hotel Murano, the former Sheraton in downtown Tacoma. I called over there last week to see if the hotel's new restaurant, The Bite, had opened yet. It hadn't, but when I inquired whether the existing breakfast-lunch restaurant was expensive, I was told, "It's mediocre."
Coming soon: The Adriatic Grill, 4201 S. Steele St., Tacoma; 253-475-6000.