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Culinary Connection: Behind The Scenes With Marty’s On Park



Yelp’s Culinary Connection is a month-long event series featuring businesses who have made an impact on Rochester’s evolving food scene. These exclusive and intimate events are a platform for local chefs and restaurant owners to share their story — how they got their start, what inspires their menu, and why they do what they do for our community, along with curated tastings.

At our first iteration of Yelp’s Culinary Connection, the Yelp Rochester community got to know a little more about Marty O’Sullivan from Marty’s On Park! Here are a few of our favorite tidbits from the conversation:

Q: What is the hardest part about being both restaurant owner and culinary artist?

A: It is a group effort at Marty’s. Everyone on the cooking staff is involved in the evolution of the menu and is responsible for overseeing the smoking and preparation of the meats. This leaves me [Marty] free to assist with catering, maintain the store, play with new menu ideas, and truly own the entirety of the customer experience. We emphasis the importance of shared work and a trusted staff, along with the ability to put out a consistent product.

Q: What are some of your favorite spots to dine around town?

A: Fiorella for their pizza and ambiance, and all of the “cheap eats” spots in the city — Han Noodle Bar and Thai Mii Up for Asian cuisine!

Want to see more from the event experience? Check out the reviews and photos! Visit the Yelp Events calendar to RSVP for our upcoming events in the Culinary Connection series.

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