Contadino takes over Kingfish space
Brian Clevenger, chef owner of Vendemmia and Raccolto, and his partner Kayley Turkheimer are excited to announce that they will be opening two new concepts in the storied space that long housed The Kingfish Cafe, and was more recently home to Ernest Loves Agnes—a project from Jason LaJeunesse, who will stay on as a partner in the new spots.
Following a brush up redeux, Clevenger will open Contadino Restaurant at 602 19th Avenue East and Contadino Pizzeria in the adjoining space at 600 19th Avenue East. A February opening is expected.
The restaurant will have a full bar plus seating in the intimate dining room at tables and a banquette for 45. There will also be a four-person chef’s counter where diners can enjoy a $70/person tasting menu. Clevenger’s menu will focus on the handmade pastas, vegetables, and simple seafood dishes that he’s known for at his other restaurants.
The menu will begin with small dishes and pastas and a small handful of protein options.
Over at the pizzeria, there will be seating for 50. Expect a smattering of sides with a menu of pies—there will be eight set pizzas plus a daily special. Nelson Whitmore, who recently arrived from Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco, will helm the kitchen in both spaces—focusing on the pizzeria to begin.