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Contadino Closes After Only Six Months on Capitol Hill

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Brian Clevenger’s Italian restaurant/pizzeria combo called it quits last night

Brian Clevenger
Lou Daprile

Contadino and Pizzeria Contadino, the Capitol Hill Italian restaurants from pasta pro Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia, Raccolto), closed after service last night — just six months after they replaced Ernest Loves Agnes at 600-602 19th Ave. E. The two-in-one project from Clevenger and partners Kayley Turkheimer and Jason LaJeunesse opened at the end of February.

Lajeunesse, who was also a partner in the Ernest Loves Agnes chapter, will resume control of the restaurant and its assets, according to a press release. He is apparently still deciding whether to try another restaurant in the space or sell or lease the venue to someone else.

"I have a great landlord and they have been very supportive to date, so I hope to find the right fit for the space, whether I am involved or not,” Lajeunesse said in the release.

Meanwhile, Clevenger is working on opening another pasta shop — as yet unnamed — in Eastlake by December, adding to his portfolio of neighborhood Italian restaurants.


1126 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 466-2533 Visit Website

Ernest Loves Agnes

602 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 535-8723


4147 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 (206) 397-3775 Visit Website