Good Bad and Ugly: Colorful New Bar Opens in West Chester

modern and hip new drinkerySubmitted Image, Photo by Eddy Marenco
Downtown West Chester sees opening of colorful, modern and hip new drinkery and sports bar underground next to Stove and Tap West Chester

WEST CHESTER, PA — Downtown West Chester acquired a colorful new addition to its bustling food and drink scene this week. Stove and Co. Restaurant Group partners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are holding the grand opening of Good Bad and Ugly today, January 27th at 158 West Gay Street, underneath Stove and Tap West Chester.

This is the first-ever bar-focused concept from the owners/partners of Stove and Tap, Revival Pizza Pub, Al Pastor and DePaul’s Table. This opening represents the group’s fifth grand opening during the pandemic as they expand across the Main Line and Western Suburbs. Good Bad and Ugly is Stove and Co’s playful and modern twist on an old-fashioned underground dive bar, where they will serve up drinks, beers, bar food, vibes, games, music and sports five nights a week. There are three sides to every story and GBU will tell them all – the good, the bad and the ugly. Come as you are, be who you are, and be prepared to let your hair down and have a good ole time.

The 2,000 square foot space features seating for 52 people, including at the giant 80+ foot long bar. Games include West Chester’s only pool table, plus foosball and shuffleboard. Modern day cowboy vibes take inspiration from old fashioned spaghetti westerns and bring together elements from the owners’ love of Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino movies. Bar bites include fare executed by Stove and Tap West Chester’s Executive Chef Yasser Wolf. Opening hours will be Wednesdays, from 4:00pm to Midnight; Thursday and Friday, from 4:00pm to 2:00am; Saturday, from Noon to 2:00am; and Sunday, from Noon to Midnight. The kitchen closes at 11:00pm nightly. Happy Hour will run nightly, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

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“Good Bad and Ugly in West Chester is our homage to something that we all love – a good dive bar,” said Weathers. “We wanted to put our own Stove and Tap twist on a dive bar with delicious food in baskets that you eat with your hands, games to play, TV’s to watch, sports to cheer for, well-made drinks, a great mix of beers on tap and by the can, and design that is sensory overload to keep the energy light and fun. We want a spot that you can come as you are – whether it’s dressed from work, casual from home, or stylish for a night on the town. We want to tell all sides of the story – the good, the bad and the ugly. All are welcome and invited. We’re bringing the fun back to the bar game in our region – but with the same level of quality you would expect from us.”

Weathers added, “Good Bad and Ugly is underneath Stove and Tap West Chester, and it was formerly a nightclub with a much different focus. We want to create a fun dive bar environment that is hip, clean, colorful and modern.”

Stove and Co. Restaurant
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Good Bad and Ugly has its own external entrance, located just 20 feet down the street from Stove and Tap’s main dining room entrance. Mosey on down to the underground drink counterpart to Stove and Tap West Chester. Stove and Tap West Chester is located at the corner of West Gay and Darlington streets, in the former home of Landmark Americana. The location is footsteps away from dozens of quality restaurants, bars and retail shops in the heart of Downtown West Chester.

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“West Chester is the perfect spot to launch our first-ever drinkery,” said Weathers. “Good Bad and Ugly is the perfect companion to Stove and Tap West Chester. West Chester is such a great dynamic family and college town that is filled with so many thriving and exciting dining and drink choices. There is a great sense of community among the restaurants in the West Chester food scene. The neighbors and residents love to walk around and enjoy all the opportunities – and they are passionate about supporting their local restaurants. The borough of West Chester does a great job of hosting events and fostering the small businesses that exist here. We want to be part of all the amazing talent and energy in this community – and develop a long-lasting institution here.”

He added, “With Good Bad and Ugly, we wanted to bring something a little different and new here to West Chester. There’s tons of great spots for a drink on the town, happy hour and dinner, but we wanted to create a brand new spot where you can come as you are, let your hair down, have fun, and have things to do. Sometimes you want to go out for a casual night after work and play some pool, grab a great beer and hang with friends. Other nights, you want to stop out for a drink before a date night on the town. We want to be all of those things. We want to cater to those that want to go out and have fun and escape for the evening.”

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When asked why a bar and why now? Weathers replied, “With all we just went through the last two years, the world needs a good bar right about now.”

For more about Good Bad and Ugly, visit www.goodbaduglywc.com.

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