It’s traditional American for Chelsea’s latest restaurant, courtesy the Commons team — Brett Nidel, Sam Nidel, Tamara McCarthy, and Matt Mogil. Motel Morris — which, keep up, is not at all a motel, but instead named as such to “evoke American culture of an earlier era.” It features a pretty standard menu of American hits from chef Bill McDaniel formerly at The Mermaid Inn and Red Cat, where he was head chef for nearly 15 years.
But familiarity is exactly what one wants in a neighborhood restaurant, which is what Motel Morris aims to be, and thus it’s what McDaniel gives. Refreshingly (ironically), there are appetizers and entrees here, updates on classics like a BLTA salad to start and a chicken fried pork chop as a main. You can see the menu in full below, including cocktails and wines.
Design studio Tourmaline is behind the 60-seat space, which feels like a brasserie, with its blue banquettes, warm wood, marble and brass details, as well as warm lighting. Motel Morris is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch and lunch are to come.