FOLLOWUP: Chef Brian Clevenger goes public with plan for new West Seattle Junction restaurant Haymaker

(WSB photo from May)

Last month, we reported that a liquor-license application indicated Chef Brian Clevenger – whose restaurants include Raccolto in the West Seattle Junction – had a plan for the ex-Vine and Spoon space. A spokesperson for the chef had no comment at the time – but now, the announcement has just arrived:

Executive Chef and Restaurateur Brian Clevenger has announced his newest restaurant – Haymaker – will officially open in West Seattle late July. Haymaker will stay true to what Clevenger is known for offering a selection of house extruded pastas, fresh local vegetables, and a variety of seafood dishes. In addition, Clevenger will expand the entrée selection to include items such as grilled prime New York steak with French fries and bone marrow; a Happy Hour burger; grilled Copper River Salmon with wild mushrooms, artichokes, and fish broth; and grilled Pork Collar with mission figs and polenta.

The name is a nod to his four existing harvest related restaurants, but reflects less of an Italian approach and allows the freedom to make different American focused fare. The space seats 50 and will offer patio seating for up to 18.

“I’m really excited to open another place in West Seattle. It’s the community that I live in and am proud to be a part of,” said Clevenger. “The neighborhood has been so supportive of us and we can’t wait to add another great dining experience to the junction. We will stay consistent with a casual dining environment, open kitchen, and lots of fresh produce.”

An extensive bar program will feature hand-crafted signature cocktails highlighting spirits from local distilleries and around the world, a selection of local and domestic beers, and a substantial wine list that features a number of Italian, French, and Pacific Northwest winemakers.

The restaurant will offer brunch service from 10:00 am-2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with items such as buttermilk biscuits with pork gravy and sage, chicken fried steak with hash browns, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and house-made granola with yogurt and berries.

In the kitchen will be Executive Chef Brian Clevenger alongside Chef de Cuisine Aras Dailide (Raccolto), and Sous Chef David Valencia (Vendemmia).

Haymaker is located at 4706 California Ave SW. The restaurant is open daily from 5-10 pm, with a large happy hour offering at the 14 seat bar from 5-6 pm and 9-10 pm.

The space has been empty since Vine and Spoon was evicted six months ago along with sibling venue Alchemy around the corner (since revealed as the future new home of Phoenecia).

26 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Chef Brian Clevenger goes public with plan for new West Seattle Junction restaurant Haymaker"

  • Cary Kemp June 26, 2019 (2:46 pm)

    I’m hoping for art work to join his fantastic food.

  • A. Martinez June 26, 2019 (2:57 pm)

    Just what West Seattle needs…ANOTHER high-priced, pretentious, restaurant.  The reason we didn’t go to Vine and Spoon was because we refused to pay $40 for a pork chop.  Obviously someone is paying these prices.  It’s not us.        

    • Quora June 26, 2019 (3:48 pm)

      The place isn’t even open yet and you label it “pretentious”. Get a grip, dude.

    • sw June 26, 2019 (4:01 pm)

      Those are some presumptuous assumptions you’re making.  If you look at the menus for his other restaurants, they are quite moderately priced.  Additionally, it’s pointless making comparisons to Vine & Spoon, as they were here for a hot minute and a disaster before they opened their doors.  This concept sounds great.  You’d prefer another pizza joint, perhaps?  

    • DanTK June 26, 2019 (5:28 pm)

       Prententious? High Priced?  You don’t even know the menu yet.  If you don’t like it already (for some reason) then don’t go.  Whats great about West Seattle is WE support small business.  Im excited for more options near my house.  

    • Katrina June 26, 2019 (5:35 pm)

      Raccolto is excellent and quite reasonable for the quality of the food. Not pretentious at all. I look forward to trying his new place. 

    • WS Guy June 26, 2019 (6:02 pm)

      I’d be happy to have another good restaurant even if it is high priced.   The Poggie Tavern is right around the corner when I’m in the mood for a Rainier and darts.

      • WS Gal July 13, 2019 (6:45 pm)

        Well that’s rather snarky.

    • Xana La Fuente June 26, 2019 (6:27 pm)

      Exactamundo! See my comment a few comments down! 

    • Chris d June 26, 2019 (10:22 pm)

      Thank you A. Martinez, spot on. We need more affordable options.

      • Suds June 27, 2019 (8:17 am)

        You’ve got McDonalds and Jack In the Box, Subway and Dominos. What’s more low-cost than that?

      • Airwolf June 27, 2019 (8:27 am)

        I don’t think they can have an “affordable” option in that space. the rent must be sky high. Best of luck to them though, we wont be going in, can’t afford eating out at a sit-in restaurant.

    • B.W. June 27, 2019 (10:20 am)

      I sure has hell pay it. I love pretentious restaurants, higher quality food = higher price

  • St June 26, 2019 (2:59 pm)

    Love the name. Lol

  • gorillita June 26, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    I didn’t see anything about high-priced.  Waiting to  hear more about that.

  • Chef Boyardee June 26, 2019 (6:05 pm)

    I don’t think Mr. Clevenger’s restaurants are pretentious as much as they’re all about wringing profit out of pasta.   I’ve been to a few of them and haven’t really tasted anything exceptional. Seattle’s food scene is already being held back in a big way from an overabundance of chain restauranteurs. I don’t know why anyone thinks we need more.  I wish him the best in this new venture but after several meals in his other restaurants that were just OK there’s nothing that would compel me to try another take on uninspired Italian cuisine.

  • Xana La Fuente June 26, 2019 (6:25 pm)

    No the 1st comment is SPOT ON! Even the Mexi place thats closing – or moving -staff serves you then ignores you! Ive lived in Santa Fe, NM where Im from and where some of the best restaurants in the world are – fact, not opinion! And I have lived in Toronto Canada where I almost cried after my snotty friends that run the Chanel store spent $800 on a dinner for 6 people then I lived in Hollywood for 5 years no need to explain that one and I can tell you that I will not eat at Salty’s I will not eat any place in the junction except for talarico’s were they at least treat you Highland have amazing huge Caesar salads and once in awhile I will break down and get a Zeeks Pizza because I like the Thai chicken pizza, but honestly West Seattle for food right now and restaurants it really sucks and me is very expensive in stores right now and it seems to be getting higher all the time and Seattle is number 3 in the country for food cost by the way but it’s not the cost of the food so much because I’m the type of person that I used to eat at The Pink Door all the time when I worked in the Pike Place Market they used to tell me the gravity bar in the Pike Market that I spent more money there than any other customer it’s the atmosphere it’s the music and it’s the way that people treat you the snotty little Millenia servers are not worth sitting down and giving a tip so every other restaurant that’s popped up in West Seattle has come and gone good luck to them because more than likely they won’t last more than a couple of years! 

  • JustJedSaid June 26, 2019 (6:41 pm)

    I’m eager to give it a try. I hope they’re a big success. The last thing I want to see is empty storefronts on my street. I have no interest in ¾ of the shops in the junction, but appreciate their efforts and am glad for their success too.

  • Roger June 26, 2019 (7:39 pm)

    West Seattle sugar needs more alcohol

  • square eyes June 26, 2019 (7:44 pm)

    We really like Raccolto and its sister Le Messe in Eastlake. Raccolto is often too busy when we walk in so this might be just the ticket!

  • Hooray! June 26, 2019 (8:46 pm)

    This is fantastic! Raccolto is soooooo good – a very exceptional dining experience in both quality of food and service. I can’t wait to try this.

  • Josh June 26, 2019 (10:06 pm)

    Raccolto is one of the best restaurants in West Seattle with excellent food and service. We’ve never had a bad meal, and always leave and comment on how thankful we are to live blocks away 😃We’re definitely excited for this new addition. Can’t wait to try!

  • Kent June 26, 2019 (10:43 pm)

    I’m stoked! What more could we want out of a newly built out space that lasted less than a year, than a successful chef in Clevenger with local roots and passion? Raccolto is delicious, bustling and proven in WS. This is the recipe for a lasting venture that will compliment growth in the Junction in a positive way. I love the bars, pizza places and various other grass roots businesses but Haymaker will be a needed hit! Plus, um, brunch! Want that here.

  • Helpermonkey June 27, 2019 (8:26 am)

    I’m not even a fan of pasta and Raccolto blew my mind. I can’t wait for Haymaker to do the same! 

  • HTB June 27, 2019 (9:55 am)

    Great news! Chefs like Clevenger and Mark Fuller inspire confidence as they clearly know what they are doing and have a track record of success. Raccolto is fantastic and I look forward to seeing what happens with the new concept.(now if the Hydrant would just open…)

  • Amy June 27, 2019 (2:18 pm)

    Congratulations West Seattle – you really are getting some stellar restaurants!  Raccolto and Vendemmia are both fantastic, and I’m betting Haymaker will be as well.  I ate once at V&S and never wanted to go back, but have been to Raccolto about a dozen times, and would have dined there even more if they weren’t always so booked.  Chef Clevenger – if WS doesn’t appreciate you, we would LOVE to have you open something in North Seattle/Shoreline!

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