Atlas Restaurant Group announces today the hiring of Michael O’Halloran as Executive Chef and Lynn Rinaldi as General Manager of Loch Bar Philadelphia, the Baltimore-based restaurant group’s long-awaited first venture into the Philadelphia market in partnership with Dranoff Properties. Scheduled to open in early October 2023 on the ground level of luxury high-rise Arthaus Condominiums at Broad and Spruce streets, Loch Bar will bring one of the largest raw bars to the city of Philadelphia alongside outstanding service from seasoned local hospitality professionals.
Introducing Executive Chef, Michael O’Halloran
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Michael O’Halloran brings over 20 years of exceptional culinary and restaurant management experience, climbing the ladder from dishwasher and busboy to Executive Chef at The White Dog Café and Stella of New Hope. O’Halloran was also the former owner and chef of Bistro 7, and notably competed and won on Food Network’s long-running series, “Beat Bobby Flay.”
“I am honored to join the vibrant team at Loch Bar Philadelphia. The talent, drive, ambition, and professionalism behind Atlas Restaurant Group is unrivaled,” begins Chef O’Halloran. “There was a time when fish houses and oyster bars dominated Philadelphia’s restaurant scene. I’m looking forward to bringing back a little bit of that traditional culture, but this time with a new-age twist. From Maryland-style crab cakes, shellfish towers, lobster rolls, and more, I can’t wait to give Philadelphians a taste of Atlas’ signature dining concept.”
Welcoming General Manager, Lynn Rinaldi
Lynn Rinaldi will join Loch Bar Philadelphia with a distinguished background in hospitality and a proven track record of delivering impeccable guest service. Rinaldi – a Philadelphia-native, veteran chef, and restaurateur – brings 20+ years of experience to Loch Bar, most notably as the General Manager of Dolce Italian and Chef-Owner at East Passyunk’s former Italian mainstay Paradiso.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I step into the role of General Manager at Loch Bar Philadelphia,” says Lynn Rinaldi. “I am committed to leading our front-of-house staff to new heights of hospitality, ensuring that locals and visitors alike feel at home at Loch Bar.”
Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch on one of Philadelphia’s marquee corners at Broad and Spruce, Loch Bar is set to bring new vitality to Avenue of the Arts year round with over 5,000 sq. ft of space and indoor and outdoor seating for 170 guests. Open seven days a week from 11 am-12 am Sunday to Thursday and 11 am – 2 am on Friday and Saturday, guests can expect an extensive seafood-centric menu complemented by craft cocktails and local beer, plus daily live musical performances.
For additional front and back-of-house positions, Atlas Restaurant Group and Loch Bar will be hosting hiring events onsite on Monday, September 11th (11 AM to 3 PM), Thursday, September 14th (11 AM to 3 PM), Monday, September 18th (1 PM to 6 PM).
About Atlas Restaurant Group
Atlas Restaurant Group is a Baltimore-based lifestyle hospitality group founded in 2012 by Alexander Smith with an uncompromising effort to deliver authentic cuisine from around the world. Atlas currently operates 34 concepts across Maryland, Texas, Florida, and DC and has over 2,000 employees nationally. Each concept redefines the traditional dining experience through the integrity of the product, impeccable service and an unparalleled entertainment experience. The common thread between Atlas restaurants is the integrity of product sourced from around the world. Japanese concept Azumi receives fish flown in from Japan’s famous Tsukiji Market. Seafood tavern Loch Bar has the area’s largest oyster program. The Choptank sources blue crabs from Chesapeake. Italian chophouse Tagliata cures charcuterie in-house. Mediterranean concept Ouzo Bay receives seafood flown in from around the world each morning. The Bygone has the state’s largest whiskey list. French steakhouse Monarque dry-ages steaks in-house. Maximón has the area’s largest agave spirits selection behind the bar. Atlas Farms provides sustainable, organic produce to all of Atlas’ Baltimore properties.
About Dranoff Properties
Founded in 1997 by visionary and urban advocate Carl E. Dranoff, Dranoff Properties, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading multifamily and mixed-use developers based in Philadelphia. A pioneer in urban development, Dranoff Properties creates unparalleled residential and mixed-use destinations that transform communities. Dranoff Properties’ award-winning and nationally recognized projects have revived neighborhoods, cities, and regions attracting transformative investment and creating long-term prosperity. Dranoff Properties’ latest project Arthaus, is the fourth development for the company on the renowned Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. Arthaus joins a power list of Philadelphia’s most sought-after condominium addresses sold by Dranoff Properties, including One Riverside, 10 Rittenhouse, Two Liberty Place, and Symphony House. Apartment communities Dranoff has developed include The Left Bank, 777 South Broad, Southstar Lofts, Venice Lofts, The Victor, One Theater Square, One Ardmore and Locust on the Park.
With its breathtaking architecture, exceptional top-tier finishes, and unparalleled amenities, Arthaus is the ultimate choice for luxury living in Philadelphia. Situated on a prime corner of the renowned Avenue of the Arts, across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Arthaus heralds a new era of upscale living designed for wellness and well-being. Developed by Dranoff Properties and brought to life by the world-class architectural design of Kohn Pedersen Fox, the $275 million Arthaus encompasses 107 luxurious residences, including three penthouses and a dazzling new ground-level seafood dining establishment – Loch Bar – coming this Fall. The two full floors of resort amenities at Arthaus include a lush rooftop community garden and lawns, a full-scale four-season greenhouse, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, a junior Olympic indoor pool, work and entertainment spaces, terraces, outdoor dining spaces, a convenient covered porte-cochere entrance, and an indoor valet-attending parking garage. Complete with white glove services to its residents, Arthaus is the luxury residence of choice in Philadelphia when only the best will do.