Mama Lucia, the well-loved, cozy, old world Italian restaurant in Kirkland Park Place, closed its doors in August to embark on a major overhaul. The seats were always full and the crowd is fiercely loyal to this family owned business of twenty years. So, it's exciting to see the place getting a facelift and major expansion into what used to be the retail space next door (Articles).
Mike Halter, a 28 yr old
hottie Kirkland native, has always been involved in his family's restaurant businesses (there are 5 total) and stepped it up a notch when he bought out his brother seven months ago and moved here from L.A. Having previously run this location, you'll recognize him as a familiar face with a vibrance that makes you feel like an old friend (photo left). He's dropped the Mama and has big plans for "Lucia" , pronounced 'Lou-Chia' which will be opening in late October/early November.
He's added over 2000 square feet to his space and has a contemporary look coupled with some rustic Italian charm intended to create a feel that will be warm and mix both the old and the new. There's a big stairway up the side that is dark chunky wood with cable wire railings that leads up to a private dining room that can hold 60 people. There will also be a bar/lounge area and live music to attract the happy hour crowd. Mike wants to maintain the foundation, and value, by keeping some previous menu items (don't worry, they're not changing the CSR dressing!!) and offering up some different dishes as well. Lucia will be open for lunch and dinner. Hours will be 11-11 and you'll make reservations at 425-889-0200. Let's keep our eyes on this one! ~j