It’s been 100 days since we moved in to Brick & Mortar Music Hall, our lunch and soon-to-be brunch spot on Mission and Duboce. We wanted to let write a post updating you on our new space and team:
We’ve cooked to different music in all the shared kitchens we’ve used since we started three years ago. Our first commissary was a Mexican bakery in the Mission, so often there was Latin music blasting. It was a bit divey, and had many tenants struggling to find space on the stovetop — and in the food world.
There was one kitchen that played reggae music everyday, nonstop. And one that would shoot us dirty looks as they were trying to conduct a salsa class in the dining room as we were in the kitchen, banging pots and pans, trying to wash up our dishes for the night.
We’ve seen and heard the best and worst of it. And we’ve grown from it. But at a certain point in life, you get tired of having fighting over the stovetop and the iPod (or nowadays, the Spotify station.)
Luckily we came across Brick & Mortar, which is our first kitchen and restaurant space, which also happens to be a music venue by night.
People ask us how it’s going. And we often tell them it’s like getting our first apartment: we can decorate it how we want and set it up to work for us. The success of our space is something we are in control of. (Like getting a 100 score on our last health inspection. Whoot whoot!)
We are also stoked on our kitchenmate Lucy Go Bake, who we chose to share our space because of her amazing desserts and positive energy.
Having our restaurant means that we can finally play our own music.
We are stoked to have a great team of folks who are down with pop music as much as we are. Our kitchen is a place where top 40’s and indie stuff reign supreme (as well as playlists titled “Shit My Parents Listened To.”) We sing along to the radio during lunch and much pleasure comes from coming up with weekly playlists for our lunch, and now upcoming brunch service.
A bi about our team: our oldest employees are Felicia and Tim. Felicia started out as an intern and could be seen dancing in two videos we filmed in the summer of 2012: the ocho ocho (a FIlipino dance) on Fresh off the Boat and she choreographed a dance sequence in our Bieber music video.
Nowadays she’s managing our catering program, and if you ever had a hot bowl of pho in your office, Felicia was the one who made sure it was delivered and done up real nice for you. Tim has been helping us execute our catering for the past year, and has the meanest 80’s playlist you’ve ever heard.
Our lead cook Christian comes from the Underground Market world, as one of the owners of the The Uncommon Pickle. His contribution to the “Shit My Parents Listened to Playlist” was Shania Twain and Celine Dion. Debbie has been holding down Thursday nights with us at Mojo, and will be making your Fried Egg Banh Mi’s alongside Christian during brunch. She knows the words to “Let it Go” as well as we do.
When you come into Brick & Mortar, chances are you’ll hear happy pop music radiating from our kitchen. We hope you’ll enjoy the jams and food in our new home.