Brick and Mortar’s New Chef Michael O’Mara

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Philadelphia, PA - BRICK AND MORTAR, the stylish restaurant and bar in the city’s emerging Loft District neighborhood, has recently welcomed Executive Chef Michael O’Mara to head up its culinary operations and refine the modern American cuisine menu using his extensive experience in kitchens across the country.Philadelphia, PA - BRICK AND MORTAR, the stylish restaurant and bar in the city’s emerging Loft District neighborhood, has recently welcomed Executive Chef Michael O’Mara to head up its culinary operations and refine the modern American cuisine menu using his extensive experience in kitchens across the country.

O’Mara’s menu is arguably Brick and Mortar’s most accomplished menu to date, including a Sage and Squash Cavatelli – one of two new handmade pasta entrees; a Korean BBQ Wild Caught Escolar marinated and glazed in Korean BBQ sauce, served with spicy Thai peanut noodles and Napa cabbage and apple slaw; as well as the Bam Bam Shrimp appetizer – cornmeal crusted gulf shrimp tossed in chili, garlic, kewpie, soy and sesame, among the mix.

Longtime fans of the Brick and Mortar brunch menu will still enjoy favorites like the BAM Benny’s and Huevos Rancheros. However, new additions like the Crème Brulée French Toast – crème brulée dipped and served with maple syrup and fresh fruit, and Amanda’s Omelet filled with colossal crab and lobster, manchego cheese, served with toast and the guest’s choice of home fries or fresh fruit, are sure to be showstoppers.

“We are beyond excited to have Chef O’Mara heading our culinary team,” said Len Wood, Brick and Mortar General Manager. “He has brought with him a conglomeration of culinary experience and knowledge and created a more approachable menu that our customers are sure to appreciate.”

O’Mara joins the Brick and Mortar team with 20 years of Executive Chef experience spanning French, Italian, Mexican and Japanese cuisines. He has combined comfortable, approachable and familiar cuisine with his global influences to create a unique spin on the modern American fare.

Customers can blow off steam during the week at Brick and Mortar’s Happy Hour featuring $5 bites, including Seitan Nuggets served with chipotle hot sauce and blue cheese, Tempura Mushroom – a Portobello mushroom served with horseradish, and Beer Cheese Pretzel Bites served with house made beer cheese dip, among other delicious snacks. Guests can also enjoy discounted drinks – select draught beers are $5, wines on tap are $6, and house cocktails are $6.

Happy Hour is served Monday-Thursday 5 pm-7pm and Friday from 4pm-7pm.

Brick and Mortar’s Late Night menu is served Friday and Saturday from 11pm-1am and features a well-balanced combination of light bites, sandwiches and entrees.

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