General Manager Ivo Peshev and Chef/Managing Partner Taylor Melonuk started Bricklayer LLC as a vehicle to open a variety of culinary concepts on the South Coast. The first product out of the oven is The Middle Child restaurant which is ready to open at 18 East Cota Street, the former home of 18 East, Globe, The Pan, Café Luck, and Mousse Odile. They had a soft opening earlier this week and the official opening will be today (8/31/18) or next Tuesday (9/4/18).

“We have two farmers markets (Tuesday and Saturday) and what we do is load up the wagons and buy everything for the restaurant at the farmers market,” said Melonuk. “If there is something we can’t find at the farmers market we source it from a local farm around here. Then what we’ve done is created our menu with pizza, seasonal dishes, and sandwiches. We want it to be a very approachable farm-to-table restaurant, not a fine-dining restaurant but we want you to be able to get the same quality of food and freshness. This is a casual space. We hashed this idea of flip-flops with a bottle of wine at the table with good food behind it.”

Melonuk has been down in the Funk Zone for the last 5 years where he was Executive Sous Chef at The Lark while Peshev has been the Bar Manager at Trattoria Vittoria for the last 10 years.

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  1. Hefe says:

    Smart menu. Thats a nice space the right concept will do well.

  2. Bdosb says:

    Will pizzas have a vegan option? Otherwise menu looks good but me and my Vegan friends can’t eat there.

  3. Lily says:

    Looks like there are 4 vegetarian pizzas and 4 salads on the menu that can be made vegan by leaving out the dairy.

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