James M. Morrissey


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


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 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.

Michael Greene

Director of Operations

Michael graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. He is a 25 year veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, and most recently, founder of Align Hospitality Solutions and consultant and business development coach for One Degree Hospitality in Philadelphia. In his career, he has successfully overseen many new restaurant openings for various concepts including the Benihana and Chili restaurant chains. He has also worked as director of operations and general manager for Sabrina’s Café, Bellus Restaurant Group and Renaissance Hotels.

Michael likes to keep things simple and focus on what truly matters in life. He lives in Bucks County, PA with his wife and two children.

Jasper Alivia

Executive Chef

Born in the Philippines and raised in American Samoa, Jasper Alivia did not initially plan to become a chef. However, after receiving his B.A. in Economics at Saint Joseph’s University in 1994, he quickly realized that cooking was his true calling. Jasper left a promising job in finance to start his journey in the culinary field. It was at the French Culinary Institute in New York City where his passion for cooking really blossomed, leading him to work at some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the Big Apple, such as Savoy and Park Avalon. In 2011, Chef Alivia moved to Philadelphia to become the Executive Chef of Cuba Libre. Under the tutelage of two-time James Beard award winning chef Guillermo Pernot, during his five years at Cuba Libre, the restaurant received a laundry list of accolades including Best Brunch, Best Latin Restaurant and Best Tapas Menu. In 2016, he collaborated with Chef Jason Cichonski to open 1100 Social, a Mexican-Asian inspired restaurant located at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia Longing for the beach and saltwater, Chef Alivia moved to Norfolk, VA to become the Executive Chef of Blue Moon Tap House in the Waterside District in 2017, where he was instrumental in creating the menu for the first restaurant at the brewery. In his 20-plus years in the hospitality industry, Jasper has opened more than two dozen restaurants as cook, chef and/or sous chef. When he’s not cooking, Jasper loves to eat tacos and Indian food, but says his mom’s Filipino cuisine is hands-down some of the best food he’s ever eaten.

Jonathan Doherty

Operations Manager

The restaurant business has given Jon the opportunity to explore the culture of cuisine and how food connects people to one another. Jon believes that a pleasant and happy work environment will result in a rewarding hospitality culture. Each member of his team knows and understands their individual value to the restaurant, as well as the collective purpose of generating a memorable and unparalleled guest experience. Jon attended Johnson and Wales University and majored in Food and Beverage Management. He has worked in prominent establishments such as The Farm and Fisherman in Cherry Hill, NJ and Union Trust in Philadelphia. He believes creative inspiration and a sense of purpose yields an unparalleled guest experience. “Food connects all of us. Why not make it an experience that lasts in the body and mind?”

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.




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