In a noticeable departure from his slightly higher-end restaurants, chef Brian Clevenger opens fast-casual GH Pasta Co. today at 11 a.m. in Denny Triangle. Unlike Clevenger’s sit-down restaurants (Le Messe, Raccolto, Vendemmia, and East Anchor Seafood), GH Pasta Co. patrons will order at a counter, and much of the business will be aimed at the take-away lunch crowd. The initials stand for General Harvest, which is the name of Clevenger’s restaurant group.
GH Pasta Co. will serve fresh pasta, locally sourced vegetables, fresh burrata, crudos, and salads, and the menu will change with the seasons. Opening menu items include bucatini with clams and chili, mushroom tagliatelle, and spaghetti bolognese. The small space seats only 19, but Clevenger is offering pre-order and pick-up options. He’ll add delivery through Amazon Prime starting in November.
A small selection of drinks will include local, bottled beers and small bottles of wine, plus a couple of Pellegrino sodas and sparkling water. Joining Clevenger in the venture are chef Jason Brzozowy and General Manager Zach Saffle, who both worked at Raccolto.
Clevenger takes over the former home of Ma’Ono chef Mark Fuller’s vegan burger restaurant ‘Table (2305 6th Ave), which survived only five months in the space. ‘Table cited some landlord issues as one of the reasons for the closure, but it also seemed to struggle with foot traffic: Despite being almost completely surrounded by Amazonia, this spot is still in a bit of a no man’s land, and workers have other options closer to their offices. Perhaps Clevenger’s pasta will lure in more diners.