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February 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Sullivan’s Steakhouse moves into Union Square Grill site

For nearly 20 years it housed the Union Square Grill. For a mere three months we knew it as the Lost Lady American Cantina. And now the downtown restaurant space in Two Union Square — vacant since May — is set to get a new tenant: Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Billed as a “1940s Chicago-style steakhouse,” the twentieth member of the national chain is slated to make its debut this summer as Seattle’s latest bastion of beef and booze, with live jazz offered nightly.

Sullivan’s is set to open in June or July as a dual-level restaurant and bar in nearly 10,000 square-feet anchoring Two Union Square. That must be thrilling news for the many steak-and-chophouses staking their claim on similar territory, including but not limited to nearby Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, the Daily Grill, the Capital Grille and the Metropolitan Grill (to say nothing of Belltown’s El Gaucho and South Lake Union’s Daniel’s Broiler).

Happy days in the bar at the former Union Square Grill, now gutted and ready for a new tenant .

P.S. If you’ve heard the rumor that John Howie is involved in the Sullivan’s enterprise, rest assured he is not. Well, not exactly.

That’s Jon (hold the “h”) Howie, the corporate officer at Sullivan’s parent group Del Frisco’s, among the names appearing on the new restaurant’s application for a liquor license.

“I can’t believe they’re trying to use my name to get popular that quickly!” quips the local version, who has a John Howie Steak-house of his own at The Bravern. “Right now, opening another steakhouse is not on my agenda,” John said this morning from his mesquite-scented kitchen in Bellevue. “This one’s more than enough work for me.”

Chef John Howie, who knows a thing or two about seafood, steak and Sport, hanging with his homies — Jay Buhner and the Sea Gals — on Tuesday at Gasworks Park .

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