New owners of Hopewell-based Brick Farm Tavern and Brick Farm Market, Otto and Maria Zizak are looking to build on the restaurant as a culinary destination.
The Tavern and the Market, originally founded by Jon and Robin McConaughy, have earned their place as uniquely qualified members of the farm-to-table community, sourcing meat from the McConaughy’s Double Brook Farm in Hopewell Valley as well as fruits, vegetables, grains, flours, dairy, and edibles from local farming partners.
The Zizaks bring over 20 years of hospitality experience with a focus on “responsibly-sourced, well-crafted comfort food.”
Otto and Maria have opened, run, and operated six restaurants, including their highly successful restaurant, Korzo, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Their well-known staples such as halušky dumplings (voted one of best dishes in NYC by Village Voice), lángoš burger (multiple awards for Best Burger in NYC), and other innovative takes on classics, have been featured on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, and countless national and local print publications, including a feature in the The New Yorker.
Originally from Slovakia, the Zizaks have a strong connection with the land and a desire to share food that is sourced sustainably as a conduit to building a community.
“Food brings people together and we need this now more than ever. And if you’re going to serve food, it needs to be honest and exciting, nourishing the body and spirit. We are truly thrilled to be joining a team that that anchors the entire experience on bringing the freshest and most sustainable ingredients to the table every day,” Otto Zizaks said.
Expect to see subtle rustic Central European influences on both the dinner and drink menus.
At the Tavern, they will be re-doubling efforts to focus on local and seasonal fare with items from Double Brook Farm and their own traditionally farmed property in Hopewell Township. At the Market, the nascent and already-beloved Ottoburger will be relocated to the Market’s café to be a part of lunch and a robust dinner program starting this spring.
The Tavern is open 6 days a week and serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and Lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bar hours run from open ’til close.