Brick & Brew Gastropub Is Primed for Expansion in 2022
Brick & Brew is expanding its reach with Havertown’s first rooftop lounge, boozy brunches, private events and robust catering this year.
Since Brick & Brew opened in 2013, the local Havertown favorite has increased in popularity and size. Never resting on yesterday’s success, Owner and Managing Partner, Tom Kane continues to evolve and expand his vision for the brand. Each location is a living, breathing work in progress. From the elevated pub fare to the handcrafted cocktails—everything is created from scratch and made with love. Even the restaurant’s’ décor is unique with accents of rustic timber, custom- forged industrial molds, recycled engines, moss walls, and antique salvage.
The developments in store for this year feel much more like a proactive investment in Brick & Brew’s future than the necessary (and successful) pivots of the past two years.
New Executive Chef Mark Bandjough will be an integral part of Brick & Brew’s expansion and rejuvenation in 2022. Bandjough previously served as Head Chef at Brick & Brew’s Media location, which is currently under renovation, and set to re-open this Spring. Though Bandjough’s command of culinary concepts was a prerequisite for his elevation to Executive Chef, Brick & Brew owner Tom Kane credits the Chef’s team-oriented leadership style as an equal reason for the recognition.
“Mark realizes [Brick & Brew’s success] is a team effort. He’s never viewed himself as a one-man show,” Kane explains. “Mark’s crew respects him immensely, even though many of them just got to know him. That’s rare.” For Bandjough, the freedom to serve innovative dishes made from scratch is part and parcel of Brick & Brew’s appeal. “I want our customers to say, ‘Let’s go to Brick & Brew because I can’t get that dish anywhere else in the area’,” Bandjough explains.
The Malvern location’s Sunday brunch menu exemplifies the innovative and unique character of the food designed by the Brick & Brew chef. Classics like chicken and waffles, omelets, and shrimp and grits are elevated with fresh and modern twists, and are offered beside French-influenced fare with local flare.
Kane, Bandjough, and the Brick & Brew team will bring the same innovative approach to Pat & Bob’s rooftop lounge, which will open in the Spring of 2022 above the Brick & Brew restaurant in Havertown. Though the establishments will be physically conjoined, Kane explains that everything about Pat & Bob’s will be distinct from Brick & Brew, from the design to the menus. Those who may not typically gravitate towards the gastropub experience (as well as those who do) will find much to like about Pat & Bob’s. As Brick & Brew’s new Chief Marketing Officer Gabriella Kelly explains, the lounge will offer an experience unique within Delaware County. The Lounge at Pat & Bob’s will open with an entirely new design and experience where guests can anticipate fresh-tasting dishes, rotating craft beer, and premium cocktails.
Another primary focus for Brick & Brew is scaling their events business. From renovating the original Havertown location into a full-service private events space to launching a mobile whiskey wagon with off-site catering, there’s really no limit to Brick & Brews offerings. Even the Malvern location has seen a lot of success in hosting corporate gatherings to full restaurant buy-outs and weddings. Executive Catering Chef, Joel Schaefer released new catering menus on February 1st, and the response from clientele has been very positive.
Much lies in store for Brick & Brew (and Pat & Bob’s) in 2022. Even as it expands its reach to new customers in 2022, Tom Kane reminds his team daily: Brick & Brew is, at its core, a family-oriented local staple. “Brick and Brew is woven into the fabric that makes up our community,” Kane notes. “Our roots run deep here, and we’ll always develop our company with this community in mind.”
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