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Here’s to good food, healthy families, and great whiskey!

Bringing their European cuisine with them, early Pittsburgh farmers quickly established homesteads using the fertile soils that the area offered. Hand fed veal, lamb, and goat farms gave way to artesian cheese and dairy farms with European undertones. Diverse organic produce fields led to the discovery of perfect fruit and vegetable growing conditions, including the sweet corn introduced to them by the local Native Americans. Taking advantage of their abundant corn crops, farmers around Pittsburgh started producing what they called “liquid assets”, otherwise known as whiskey, and sold it to make ends meet. By the mid 1700’s, the area had over five thousand working copper stills. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas led the evolution of the “classic cocktail” with the first renditions of what is now known as the Manhattan, Sazerac, and other regal society drinks. These farmers often toasted with one another to “Good food, healthy families, and great whiskey”. In 1791, the government imposed a $.09 per gallon whiskey tax without representation. On August 1, 1794, in an aggressive action, over five thousand farmers and rebel militiamen converged on Braddock’s Hill prior to a massive march on Pittsburgh. This tale of history in liquid form is known as the “Whiskey Rebellion”, a significant event in American history and the first time that military troops fought against their own citizens, changing both Pittsburgh and America forever. Today, these rich farmlands still yield vibrant, culturally diverse foods, and Pittsburgh has seen a renaissance as one of the America’s most culturally rich and best cities to live. Braddock’s American Brasserie is a modern cultural celebration of what those original farmers and their families brought to this region, and to what the modern farmers, their families, and the melting pot of people and cultures bring to Pittsburgh today. With its down home feel and design, casual and value-driven menu, great cocktails and wine list, and fast friendly service, Braddock’s American Brasserie is a great neighborhood gathering place. Braddock’s Bar is a tribute to the Whiskey Rebellion, and Pittsburgh’s robust “cocktail culture” history, as well as the modern resurgence of hand crafted fresh drinks. With its diverse array of signature handmade cocktails, local and regional beers, diverse wine list, and the same food offerings as Braddock’s American Brasserie, Braddock’s Street Side is a must before a ballgame, after work, or as a quick gathering point with friends.

Braddock’s American Brasserie & Streetside Bar

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General Manager

Benjamin Burnett

As Braddock’s General Manager, Benjamin Burnett brings a superior level of service to Braddock’s restaurant, having garnered more than two decades of fine dining experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.  Benjamin’s passion for hospitality  is rooted in his rural Ohio upbringing where he grew up on a 300 acre farm and learned the true meaning of hospitality– that good food and good company can make anywhere feel like home– from his grandmother, Elizabeth, who was always ready to greet guests with a soft hug and something deliciously homemade to eat.

Benjamin started his career in a number of boutique fine dining establishments in Cleveland, OH  Followed by a stay at McCormick and Schmick’s of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, RI.  Most recently serving as a General Manager for Cleveland-based Hyde Park Restaurant Group. In his current role as Braddock’s General Manager, Benjamin is committed to providing a solid foundation of support and responsive leadership to the entire staff. He is dedicated to expanding the reach of Braddock’s reputation as an exemplary dining establishment and continuing to foster Braddock’s close relationships within the local community, as a positive and contributing member of Pittsburgh. Ben strives to uphold and build upon the high level of service and quality that patrons have grown accustomed to at Braddock’s. Quality service and delicious food & drink are at the core of Benjamin’s mission and the Braddock’s brand.

A former Marine, devoted husband and father of 3 children, Benjamin enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family, hiking, biking and taking adventurous road trips. He is also a member of the Alan Swift Band in Cleveland, OH and a Level 1 Sommelier.

 

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