THE TEAM

EAT.  DRINK.  LOUNGE.

James M. Morrissey

Owner/Partner

The son of a fashion designer, James Morrissey was inspired and surrounded by design from an early age. After traveling the world and working in the U.S. and abroad, and with more than two decades of design experience under his belt, the desire to drive the creative vision of his own firm led him to launch Morrissey Design LLC, an award-winning interior design boutique and environmental branding practice located in Philadelphia. In 2017, James joined forces with architect partner Jason Christiansen to form MArchitects LLC to provide full-service licensed architecture design and planning in several states.  James has studied and worked in Rome, Rotterdam, South Florida and the Gold Coast on both residential and commercial projects. This combination of regional influences and diverse building types inspires his energetic yet always thoughtful approach to design. Morrissey Design + M Architects is well-known for its work in the hospitality industry, and has already amassed an impressive list of restaurants, cafes, lounges and other culinary projects in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to restaurant design, the firm specializes in sustainability, office design and has fashioned a diverse collection of spectacular culinary projects. James decided to combine his love for design and dining when he started SOMO Hospitality Group. After successfully launching SOMO Manayunk in 2017, he decided to open a second “luxed up” outpost in South Philly. The designer-turned-restaurateur is responsible for the stylish design vision of both restaurants.  Driven by a passion for creative freedom, James thrives on innovation while encouraging participation and contribution from clients. His work represents what his clients want: beautiful, engaging, functional interiors and exteriors, and the results speak for themselves — incredible spaces that attract attention and are both comfortable and empowering.

Jahri Evans

Owner/Partner

Jahri Evans is a former NFL star, entrepreneur, real estate investor, venture capitalist, philanthropist and Philly native. A Frankford High School alumnus, he earned an academic scholarship to Bloomsburg University where he also excelled on the gridiron. He graduated in 2007 with a B.S.in Exercise Science and received an M.B.A from The University of Miami in 2017. After an incredibly successful college football career (he was inducted into the Bloomsburg University Hall of Fame), Evans was selected in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft, becoming the first Huskies’ player chosen in the draft since 1970. He went on to become a five-time All Pro Offensive Guard, six-time Pro-Bowler, played on the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV winning team in 2010 and was named to the Saints All 50th team, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the franchise. In 2017, he signed with the Green Bay Packers. Evans is also part owner of the AFL Philadelphia Soul/ Albany Empire group and co-owner of All Fitness, a personal training company. Off the field, Jahri is known for his many philanthropic efforts. He created the Jahri Evans Foundation in 2008, which encourages academic excellence among student-athletes and promotes the health and physical fitness of all children through free youth football and cheerleading camps in Philadelphia. The foundation has provided more than $1.5 million in charitable donations to community groups and organizations to date. In 2014, Evans was awarded The Hope Award by The Irving Morris Foundation for his charitable contributions, his concern with the welfare of others and his support, time, dedication, and generosity and love in helping our communities thrive.

Ryan Landy

Beverage Manager/Head Bartender

Ryan Landy has always enjoyed speaking with and getting to know his guests in the almost 10 years he has worked in the restaurant industry. After graduating Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 2003, Ryan matriculated to Loyola College of Maryland and completed his degree in Finance in 2008. Ryan’s passion resides in the restaurant business. Shorty after finishing college, Ryan returned home to the Philadelphia area. He worked at Primavera Pizza Kitchen in Ardmore, Pennsylvania for over 9 years before joining the team to open SOMO Manayunk in 2017. During his time at Primavera Pizza Kitchen, Ryan started as a server and ended his time there as the bar/beverage manager. Ryan now serves as SOMO Manayunk’s head bartender and beverage manager. He relishes the daily conversations with the patrons at SOMO Manayunk. One of the most vital aspects of Ryan’s interaction with
the guests is how he is able to remember (and predict) what each guest prefers to drink and happily serves up spirits with a pleasant and welcoming candor.

Sydney Szopo

General Manager

Sydney grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and has been in the restaurant industry as long as she can remember. Her parents owned their own bar and restaurant in Butler, PA since she couldn’t even see over the bar. She loved being at the restaurant interacting with guests. Sydney worked as a hostess at Kitchen Bar, a family-run business in Abington, PA,  from sixteen throughout high school. Sydney attended La Salle University obtaining a degree in psychology and was on the Division 1 swimming and diving team for four years. Showing early leadership skills, she was the president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. During and after college, Sydney continued to hone her bartending and serving skills at The Willow Inn and King’s Corner. Sydney believes that moving to Manayunk was one of her best decisions. She started with SOMO Manayunk as a bartender and quickly moved to the manager, where she has the chance to interact with customers and colleagues. Sydney pushes SOMO Manayunk to be impeccable, while enjoy being at work.

A leading hospitality brand in the Philadelphia region, SOMO Hospitality was born from the creation of SOMO Manayunk, which opened in April of 2017. The brand expanded into South Philadelphia with the launch of SOMO SoPhi, which opened in the fall of 2018. Founded by restaurant designer-turned-restaurateur James Morrissey, the company purveys the highest quality culinary and service standards.

SOMO MANAYUNK

4311 MAIN STREET

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19127

267. 297.6668

 

MONDAY - WEDNESDAY: 4 PM TO MIDNIGHT

THURSDAY + FRIDAY: 4 PM TO 2 AM

SATURDAY: 10 AM TO 2 AM

SUNDAY: 10 TO MIDNIGHT

SOMO SOPHI

3101 SOUTH 13TH STREET

PHILADELPHIA, PA  19148

267.239.2176

 

MONDAY - FRIDAY
4PM - MIDNIGHT

SATURDAY
10:30AM - MIDNIGHT

SUNDAY
10:30AM - 10 PM