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Pasta Pro Brian Clevenger to Open a New Phinney Ridge Restaurant This Spring

Autumn won’t be too much of a deviation from the chef’s strengths

A plate of conchiglie pasta, with tomato, basil, stracciatella di buffala
Conchiglie with tomato, basil, and stracciatella di buffala
Autumn [Official Photo]

Phinney Ridge will soon welcome a celebrated pasta pro. Chef Brian Clevenger is readying his newest restaurant, Autumn, for a spring debut in the neighborhood, contradictory seasonal name be damned.

When it opens, the spot at 6727 Greenwood Avenue N will be Clevenger’s sixth restaurant in the city (not including the seafood market East Anchor), and his latest since establishing the two Haymaker outposts in Eastlake and West Seattle. Chef Nick Chiaro, who was a sous chef at Canlis and spent time at award-winning restaurants in San Francisco and New York, will run the kitchen.

Fans of Clevenger’s fare will likely be familiar with the menu’s leanings. Autumn plans to include a selection of the chef’s famed handmade pastas, such as garganelli with English peas, ramps, morels, and mint; and cavatelli with rabbit, anchovy, pine nut, and marjoram. Like the chef’s other spots, entrees will highlight three key ingredients (besides the main protein) — there will be duck breast with sunchoke, apples and bee’s wax, as well as lamb shoulder with olive, saffron, and flatbread. rabbit, anchovy, pine nut, marjoram.

Dining options at Autumn will include both a la carte and tasting menus, the latter of which will go for about $55 per person. On the drinks side, the cocktails will highlight spirits from local distilleries, while there will also be a selection of PNW beer and wine, in addition to more global selections.

Autumn will have room for around 39 guests at full capacity, although whether it will be able to fill the space depends on the timing of Washington’s COVID-related reopening phase. There will also be patio seating, plus takeout and delivery options.

“I love the Phinney Ridge neighborhood,” says Clevenger, who has restaurants in West Seattle, Madrona, and South Lake Union. “I think we’ll fit in well.”