Brian Clevenger has made his name for himself as a chef and restaurateur with four restaurants that center largely around handmade pasta and other Italian-leaning specialties. But Clevenger’s fifth restaurant, in the works in West Seattle, will add more American food like a steak and burger. When it opens in late July, Haymaker will also be Clevenger’s largest restaurant to date.
Clevenger still plans to serve a selection of pastas, along with local vegetable and seafood dishes similar to his other restaurants. But he’ll branch out with menu items like grilled prime New York steak with 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. Clevenger will also serve weekend brunch for the first time, with classics like buttermilk biscuits with pork gravy and sage, chicken fried steak with hash browns, breakfast sandwiches, and granola with yogurt and berries.
Clevenger is also planning to include a list of original cocktails, local beer, and wines from the Northwest and beyond. The restaurant will have room for 50 diners, plus additional patio seating for 18. It will open at 4706 California Ave SW, just two blocks from Clevenger’s restaurant Raccolto. The chef also owns Madrona’s Vendemmia and East Anchor Seafood, Eastlake’s Le Messe, and fast-casual Denny Triangle restaurant GH Pasta Co.