BIZNOTE: New tenant for ex-Vine & Spoon in West Seattle Junction?

Five months after an eviction order permanently shuttered Vine & Spoon in The Junction, the restaurant space at 4706 California SW appears to have a prospective new tenant on the way. A liquor-license application just appeared in online files (and on the window) under the name West Seattle Harvest, bearing names including Brian Clevenger, the acclaimed chef who runs Raccolto on the north end of The Junction (and three other restaurants around the city). A spokesperson for Chef Clevenger – a West Seattle resident – responded to our inquiry tonight by saying she had no info to share “about how/if Brian might be involved in a potential new venture.”

22 Replies to "BIZNOTE: New tenant for ex-Vine & Spoon in West Seattle Junction?"

  • Gatewood May 21, 2019 (9:49 pm)

    A little too expense. But looks great 

  • Admiral May 22, 2019 (7:08 am)

    Gatewood – a little too expensive? There are no details about the new space, please don’t deem it one way or the other until facts are presented.

    • WestSeA May 23, 2019 (9:50 pm)

      @ admiral…kinda sensitive eh?

    • Jenny May 24, 2019 (11:18 am)

      The rents for this place were included in the story about the eviction- and it’s very expensive.Really hoping a new place does well here, love Raccolto and GH!

  • Anne May 22, 2019 (7:47 am)

    Love Raccolto-their food is just wonderful & plates perfect for sharing.   Can’t wait to try West Seattle Harvest-welcome!!

  • Junction Lady May 22, 2019 (8:43 am)

    Wonderful, as it is such a large storefront to be vacant on Cali Ave.  Raccolto has an amazing reputation with their food preparation; however locals don’t make reservations so hopefully this new establishment will seat walk-ins.Any news about the Hydrant🤔

  • Wsresident May 22, 2019 (8:47 am)

    Yes! It will be a brunch lunch focused restaurant, welcomed!  So so excited! Not too expensive for a seasoned restauranteur. 

  • thee May 22, 2019 (9:09 am)

    I usually get paid for my writing/reporting, but here’s the info… 

    5/20/2019Business Name: WEST SEATTLE HARVEST LLCBusiness Location: 4706 CALIFORNIA AVE SW,  SEATTLE, WA 98116-4413Applicant(s): WEST SEATTLE HARVEST LLC; CLEVENGER, BRIAN; CLEVENGER, KAYLEY LYNLicense Type: SPIRITS/BR/WN REST LOUNGE –Application Type: NEW APPLICATIONLicense Number: 425436Contact Phone: 3604214100
    • WSB May 22, 2019 (9:30 am)

      Yes, that’s the exact same info our item references and is based on (plus my followup with the chef’s media person, plus my partner’s trip to the location just in case we happened to find someone there). I check the liquor-license apps daily and that’s how I happened to catch it.

  • thee May 22, 2019 (9:52 am)

    Well, here’s another. Looks like the regrettable Pecado Bueno is finally out of its misery and in its place is this: 

    Notification Date5/21/2019Business Name: LADY JAYEBusiness Location: 4523 CALIFORNIA AVE SW,  SEATTLE, WA 98116-4110Applicant(s): ROLLBACK TIMES LLC; CARTER, EVAN LEE; CHAKOS, JENASCIA LILA; ROSALES, SARA ANDRERSON; KRAMER, JOSHUA DAVID; GARRISON, CHARLES EUGENE; GARRISON, KATIE BETHLicense Type: SPIRITS/BR/WN REST LOUNGE +Application Type: NEW APPLICATIONLicense Number: 406136Contact Phone: 4257736789
    • WSB May 22, 2019 (9:57 am)

      Haven’t done my beat checks yet for today so you’ve beat me to that one (that’s new since yesterday – the daily online filings are one day after the “notification date” – WS Harvest for example appeared online and in window yesterday but was dated Monday on web, Tuesday on hard copy). That space has been listed for sale for a while.

    • Baffled May 22, 2019 (10:41 am)

      I wonder what you find so “regrettable” about Pecado Bueno?  I know lots of folks who really like it, myself included.And no, I’m not going to pay you for your insight. ;)

  • HTB May 22, 2019 (10:52 am)

    +1 to the request for news on the Hydrant space

  • HannahG. May 22, 2019 (3:26 pm)

    Seattle already has more than enough chain restaurateurs. I’m not sure why Mr. Clevenger is so determined to continue to dilute any potential for high quality with each new restaurant opening. 

  • Read The Room Please May 22, 2019 (11:51 pm)

    Oh, man. I am so disappointed to hear that this new restaurant is going to be “brunch and lunch focused.” I visited Vine & Spoon a few times before they closed and the space absolutely deserves something of the same caliber. West Seattle is growing at lightning speed. We don’t need or want brunch and lunch. We need and want amazing happy hours and nightlife. This is a HUGE bummer. 

    • KM May 23, 2019 (7:36 am)

      Huh. I realized I don’t think I’ve every had brunch in the Junction except for Easy Street more than a decade ago–are there decent brunch places? I generally go to Arthur’s or leave WS.

      • heartless May 23, 2019 (8:10 am)

        Arthur’s is fantastic, that’s where we generally end up–plus it’s nice to walk up that way, I feel that neighborhood doesn’t get as much love as it should.

        Regarding the Junction…  I’ve heard good things about brunch at JaK’s, but never been.  We’ve had a couple ok brunches at that cafe on Oregon, just west of Alaska, blanking on the name right now.

        Overall-been surprised by the lack of brunch options in the area, but then we come from San Francisco, so comparisons aren’t really fair.

        • KM May 23, 2019 (3:08 pm)

          Hah, lived in Oakland and the city too. Does Zazie want to open in West Seattle by chance? 

          • Kathleen Warren May 23, 2019 (3:27 pm)

            ZAZIE!!! How amazing would that be?

          • heartless May 24, 2019 (11:28 am)

            As someone who used to live in Cole Valley, yes please.  BTW, is it just me or are there an awful lot of SF expats in West Seattle?  

          • WSB May 24, 2019 (12:38 pm)

            California in general, and the trend dates way back (I suppose the data is accessible somewhere to quantify it, re: surrendered CA DL’s in these zips, but I don’t have anyone to do that research, so this is anecdotal). Anyway, it’s part of why we felt comfortable in West Seattle when we arrived from San Diego in 1991.

      • sam-c May 28, 2019 (9:52 am)

        Are there any good brunch places in the Junction ??? lol.  :)Jak’s is amazing.  I’ve never had better eggs Benedict than the ones at Jak’s- I’ve done a lot of research. and they have 3 diff. eggs benedicts.    My kids think their French toast is better than any other.

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