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The Vendemmia Owner Just Opened a New Pizza and Pasta Joint in West Seattle

Plus, a venerable drive-in closes, and more news of the week

A spread of pizzas arrayed on a table. G.H. Pizza and Pasta
Harry Cheadle is the editor of Eater Seattle.

Brian Clevenger has established a mini empire in Seattle thanks in large part to his fresh pasta. The Ethan Stowell Restaurant alum opened his first restaurant, Madrona’s Vendemmia, in 2015 to widespread salivating, and he’s gone on to expand his General Harvest brand to eight restaurants. The newest of these, G.H. Pizza and Pasta, officially opened this week in West Seattle at the corner of 35th Avenue Southwest and Webster Street, and will be open seven days a week from 4 to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

This opening had originally been slated for summer to take advantage of the space’s outdoor seating, but opening a restaurant is an inexact science and delays are common. Previously, G.H. Pizza and Pasta had been a pop-up at the Eastlake location of Clevenger’s Haymaker, but now all the staff and operations have moved west.

The food is Italian but the vibe seems like it’ll lean more sports bar, with 20 taps focused on regional beers along with food and drink specials during Seahawks games, including a $5 G.H./Seapine lager. For more info, check out the restaurant’s website.

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In closes in Issaquah

On November 29, Issaquah’s redundantly named Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In closed permanently, reports the Seattle Times. The 1950s-style spot was known for its big roadside root beer barrel and its ties to the classic car community. The Times reports that owner Jose Enciso, who bought the place in 1999, is retiring and sold the property. The Triple XXX has been in its current location since 1968; according to the Times, its closure means that the only remaining outpost of the Renton-born Triple XXX chain is in Lafayette, Indiana.

Seattle Convention Center adds coffee and pastry spots

Two downtown mini-chains opened inside the Seattle Convention Center — or as Monorail Espresso owner Aimee Peck put it on Instagram, “the freaking Seattle Convention Center.” The venerable coffee spot added its fifth location there this week, and Piroshky Piroshky added its fourth location inside the convention center as well.

Hamdi gets ‘Esquire’ recognition

Longstanding men’s mag Esquire released its list of the best new restaurants in America, and while it’s dominated by places with New York and California addresses, one Seattle spot made the cut: Hamdi. The lamb belly kebap, the restaurant’s signature dish, is singled out for praise for being fatty, juicy, and best eaten with your hands.