The restaurant that replaced Union downtown: Japonessa Sushi Cocina. The head chef: Billy Beach, formerly of Umi Sake House
(the owner also runs iSushi, a conveyor-belt place in Issaquah). Japonessa Sushi Cocina's concept: "Sushi, Bar, & Lounge with a latin twist that'll move you." The place looks stylish (black chandeliers, taupe-and-platinum striped walls), the fusion isn't too obtrusive (though cilantro-haters, beware), and the happy hour is a good deal for decent sushi, izakaya snacks, and drinks (and it runs pretty much all day/night long).
Japonessa Sushi Cocina
1400 First Ave,
Good for Groups
Japanese, Latin American, Pan-Asian, Sushi
Full Menu, Happy Hour
Daily 11:30-6:30 pm ($5 drafts, $6 wells, $5 sake and wine, $2-$15 food specials), 6:30-8 pm (in the bar: $5 drafts, $6 wells, $5 sake and wine, $2-$15 food specials).