WEST CHESTER, PA — Stove and Co. Restaurant Group partners Justin Weathers and Executive Chef Joseph Monnich announced the grand opening of Stove and Tap West Chester this today, February 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm at 158 West Gay Street, West Chester.
Stove and Tap West Chester represents the third location for the award-winning and celebrated Main Line and Suburban restaurant brand that has won numerous accolades including Best of Philly and Best of the Main Line. The sprawling 6,000 square foot restaurant and bar will open with indoor dining at 50% capacity – which is approximately 70 seats to start out of the gate. Inside, guests will find a warm, comfortable and rustic Americana vibe featuring contrasting woods, Pennsylvania inspired decor, a stylish 46 feet long bar, and high and low top socially distanced seating. Monnich and his culinary team will fire up American classics, modern gastropub fare and scratch-made cuisine.
For the first time ever, Stove and Tap will offer Monnich’s take on pizzas using the on-site pizza oven. Opening services during this coming weekend are 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm this Thursday and Sunday, and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Regular hours will be Sunday to Thursday, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more about Stove and Tap, call (484) 999-0922, or visit http://www.stoveandtap.com/. Reservations are now live on Open Table. Stove and Tap West Chester will launch with dinner, take-out, indoor dining and legal cocktails to go – with delivery, lunch, weekend brunch and outdoor seating to follow in coming weeks and months.
“We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Stove and Tap West Chester – our third Stove and Tap location and fifth new restaurant for Stove and Co. Restaurant Group,” said Weathers. “Chef and his culinary team will bring our signature and beloved American classic favorites plus modern gastropub fare to a new area of the Philadelphia suburbs. We have been working on Stove and Tap Malvern since 2019 and faced some big set-backs during the pandemic. After all the challenges and nearly a year delay, we are ready to rock and roll and we can not wait to get to know our neighbors and new patrons. We pride ourselves on being a great destination for food, drink and quality service – and we hope to become an active member of our new community.”
CONCEPT AND VISION
The Stove and Tap brand focuses on fresh, local and delicious ingredients that deliver a product tailored for the community it serves. Scratch-made American classics and chef-driven dishes drive a seasonal menu, craft cocktails, great American wines, and a beer list that highlights local and nationally celebrated brews.
Weathers said, “At Stove & Tap, we pride ourselves on being more than just a great restaurant. Our food menu is ever-changing using the freshest, local ingredients prepared to perfection. Our mission is simple… to provide our guests with a dynamic dining experience in an exciting environment filled with big flavor and big personality.”
Moving forward, with this third Stove and Tap, Weathers explained that each location will have a slightly different menu based on the building, equipment and community needs. Some main staples and Stove & Tap signature dishes will cross-over. Also, the level of community involvement will differ and be unique to the community that the restaurant is located in.
Weathers explained, “Stove and Tap in Lansdale focuses on elevated comfort food and our big American classics, and Malvern was our first location that features our big hits on the menu plus woodfire smokehouse comfort cuisine. For West Chester, look for your Stove and Tap favorites and elevated comfort food, but a menu leaning more towards modern gastropub fare.”
Executive Chef Joseph Monnich, who formerly helmed the kitchens at Parc and The Dandelion, and who is known for Al Pastor, The Bercy and the original Stove and Tap, will oversee the culinary team. Stove and Tap Malvern will feature an all scratch kitchen that uses seasonal ingredients to highlight American classics. The menu will include gluten-free and vegetarian options.
SELECT SIGNATURE DISHES
DEVILED EGGS $5 GF jalapeño, spice blend
FRIED CHEESE CURDS $13 cherry pepper, peppadew pesto
TAP NACHOS $14 GF charred corn, beans, jack cheese, jalapeño, cilantro
CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS $13 GF confit wings, house hot sauce, blue cheese dressing
GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN OCTOPUS $16 GF braised chickpeas, kale, lemon
PICKLED BEETS AND RICOTTA $13 V pistachio, tarragon, crostini
MAC AND CHEESE $13 ham hock, cheddar cheese
CRISPY PORK BELLY BAO BUNS $13 shaved cabbage, chili, hoisin
Soups & Salads
GREEN CHOP SALAD $12 GF, V bibb lettuce, apple, English cheddar, honey cider dressing
STEAKHOUSE WEDGE SALAD $14 GF crispy pork belly, hard-boiled egg, blue cheese dressing
CREOLE CHILI $10 GF andouille sausage, basmati rice, cilantro
CAULIFLOWER & CHEDDAR SOUP $10 GF bacon, welsh rarebit
MAMMA MIA $16 V jersey tomato, fresh mozzarella, broccoli pesto
SPICY PEPPERONI $17 jalapeño, Calabrian honey
DOUGH EXOTIC $18 brisket, gorgonzola, horseradish, pickled onion
TRUFFLE PIE $17 V confit potato, red onion, rosemary
CLASSIC STOVE BURGER $16 double-patty stove blend, Marty’s seeded, special sauce, pickled onion, lettuce sub impossible meat + $2
BRISKET DIP $15 slow-roasted brisket, cooper sharp, horseradish sauce, beef jus
NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN $14 shaved cabbage, buttermilk dressing, b&b pickles
CRISPY CATFISH PO BOY $14 avocado, lettuce, tomato, chipotle aioli H
ANGRY MUSSELS $17 GF Calabrian chili, crostini
SEARED AHI TUNA $31 GF spicy charred broccolini, rice cakes, soy glaze, pomegranate molasses
SHEPHERD’S PIE $28 GF beef oxtail, pulled short rib, root vegetables, cheddar mash
HANGER STEAK KABOB $29* GF lemongrass, chili, ginger, coconut rice
LAMB BOLOGNESE $24 mafaldine pasta, calabrian chili, pecorino
FRESH CUT FRIES
CHARRED SPICY BROCCOLINI AND RICE CAKES
BUTTERSCOTCH AND SALTED CARAMEL BUDINO $10 GF milk chocolate mousse, whipped cream
WARM APPLE CRUMBLE $7 oat and almond butter topping, vanilla ice cream
HOT CHOCOLATE POT $10 GF molten peanut butter, chocolate ice cream
WARM BLUEBERRY TART $14 serves 2-4 people treacle syrup, french vanilla ice cream
The bar program at Stove and Tap Malvern will include craft cocktails, local and national beer, American wines and boozy shakes. The dozen fresh and approachable cocktails will feature fresh juices and house made mixes. For beer, look for craft local and national superstars on the twelve draft lines and in the bottle and can selections. Selections will rotate weekly and monthly. Stove and Tap West Chester will also feature a robust selection of wine by the glasses.
Starting season cocktails will include:
Hangin’ With The Buoys Heaven Hill Bourbon, house grenadine, dry vermouth, lemon, Angostura bitters $11.00
A Frayed Knot Boardroom vodka, lavender lemonade, earl grey tea $11.00
Buck Up Boardroom gin OR Vida Mezcal, blood orange, Aperol, smoked rosemary $11.00
Jack of Owl Trades Tequila, pineapple shrub, lime, cinnamon $11.00
Out Of Office Margarita Traditional, Pomegranate, Spiced Apple or Blood Orange $11.00
Bearly There Boardroom Vodka, grapefruit, rosemary, lemon, Brut sparkling wine $11.00
Darlington Sangria White wine, blood orange, brandy, thyme Glass $11.00 Pitcher $40.0
Standard cocktails on the menu include:
S&T Old Fashioned Stove & Co Knob Creek Bourbon, cinnamon apple syrup, Angostura bitters $14.00
Gay St. Mule Boardroom Vodka, house ginger, lime $11.00
Aviation Boardroom Gin, Creme de Violette, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, lemon $13.00
Dark n’ Stormy Goslings Dark Rum, house ginger, lime $11.00
Paloma Hornitos Plata, grapefruit, salt, soda $11.00
Paper Plane Overholt Rye, Amaro Nonino, Aperol, lemon $12.00
WC City Wide The Champagne of Beers and a shot of Jim Beam Bourbon
Starting beer selections will feature:
Love City • Deep Cut Pilsner • Pilsner – German • Philadelphia, PA • 5% ABV
Zero Gravity • Green State Lager • Pilsner – Other • Burlington, VT • 4.9% ABV • 25 IBU
Wyndridge Cider • Original • Cider – Traditional • Dallastown, PA • 5.5% ABV
Une Année • Le Seul XXV (Mango And Raspberry) • Sour – Fruited • Niles, IL • 6.5%
Allagash • White • Wheat Beer – Witbier • Portland, ME • 5.2% ABV • 13 IBU
2SP • Back & Forth • Pale Ale – American • Aston, PA • 5% ABV • 50 IBU
SingleCut Beersmiths • 18-Watt IPA • IPA – Session • Astoria, NY • 5% ABV • 72 IBU
Big Oyster • Hammerhead IPA • IPA – American • Lewes, DE • 6.3% ABV • 65 IBU
Levante • Cloudy & Cumbersome • IPA – New England • West Chester, PA • 5.9% ABV • 34 IBU
Alementary • Hops & Dreams • IPA – Imperial • Hackensack, NJ • 8% ABV • 92 IBU
Round Guys • Headmaster’s Ritual • Stout – Irish Dry • Lansdale, PA • 5.4% ABV
Coors • Coors Light • Lager – American Light • Golden, CO • 4.2% ABV
SingleCut Beersmiths • PlainTop Pilsner • Pilsner – Czech • Astoria, NY • 5.2% ABV • 35 IBU
Barrier • Classic • Wheat Beer – Witbier • Oceanside, NY • 5% ABV • 30 IBU
Departed Soles • Four My Homie (GoodbIPA) • Gluten-Free • Jersey City, NJ • 6% ABV • 69 IBU
Odd Side Ales • Citra Pale Ale • Pale Ale – American • Grand Haven, MI • 5.75% ABV • 35 IBU
Love City • Unity IPA • IPA – American • Philadelphia, PA • 5.5% ABV
Modern Times Beer • Orderville • IPA – New England • San Diego, CA • 7.2% ABV • 55 IBU
Greater Good Imperial • PULP DADDY • IPA – Imperial • Worcester, MA • 8% ABV.
Tonewood • Revolution • Porter – Other • Oaklyn, NJ • 6.5% ABV
Athletic • Run Wild IPA • Non-Alcoholic Beer • Stratford, CT • 0.4% ABV • 35 IBU
Truly Hard Seltzer • Pineapple • Hard Seltzer • Boston, MA • 5% ABV
Truly Hard Seltzer • Lime • Hard Seltzer • Boston, MA • 5% ABV
Starting wine selections include:
House Red Back House Cabernet, 2018 Central Coast, CA Glass $8.00 Bottle $32.00
Firesteed Pinot Noir, 2019 Willamette, Oregon Glass $13.00 Bottle $52.00
Santa Julia Malbec, 2019 Mendoza, Argentina Glass $10.00 Bottle $40.00
Robert Hall Artisan Collection Cabernet, 2017 Paso Robles, CA Glass $11.00 Bottle $44.00
Piccini Super Tuscan, 2017 Tuscany, Italy Glass $12.00 Bottle $48.00
House White Back House Chardonnay, 2019 Central Coast, CA Glass $8.00 Bottle $32.00
Alverdi Pinot Grigio, 2019 Molise, Italy Glass $10.00 Bottle $40.00
The Crossing Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Marlborough, NZ Glass $12.00 Bottle $48.00
Folie a Deux Chardonnay, 2018 Russian River, CA Glass $12.00 Bottle $48.00
Montinore Riesling, 2019 Willamette, Oregon Glass $13.00 Bottle $52.00
Avissi Prosecco, Italy Glass $11.00 Bottle $44.00
Wycliff Brut, CA Glass $9.00 Bottle $36.00
Mont Gravet Rose, 2019 Rhone/ Provence, France Glass $9.00 Bottle $36.00
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
For this project, Weathers and Monnich tapped the talent of Architect Niko Kotopoulos from Nest Studios LLC. Work began on Stove and Tap West Chester in 2019. The entire inside of the property was being re-done from top to bottom to bring patrons a top-quality experience. Weathers explained that the duo brought the building down the studs and rebuilt from there – with all new floors, ceilings, decor and other elements.
The decor and vibe features a rustic Americana interior with rustic American pieces, taxidermy, wood and metal. Classic American rock and blues will keep the heads rocking while guests enjoy an always thoughtful presentation of food and fun service. Look for reclaimed wood and reclaimed aluminum ceilings, and reclaimed newly installed wooden floors.
“Stove and Tap West Chester has amazing large windows that bring in beautiful light during the daytime and we wanted to capitalize on that lightness in the design,” said Weathers. “For this location, we also went out especially to find unique antiques and memorabilia that celebrates our local and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.”
Weathers added, “Yes, there will of course be the large taxidermy bear like the famous bear at Landsdale. It wouldn’t be Stove and Tap without him.”
The bear at Lansdale – nicknamed Biff, after Stove and Tap’s first chef who is now the owner and Chef at Ripplewood in Ardmore – was a surprise gift from interior designer Diana Schwartz. The tradition of having a bear in each location has carried on to Malvern and now to West Chester.
Inside the 6,000 square foot space look for a main dining room, bar and lounge to seat around 70 to start and up to 150 when dining returns to 100% capacity. When seating is again allowed at bars in the state of PA, look for around 40 bar stools around the 46-feet long brand-new bar.
STOVE AND TAP WEST CHESTER – FACTS AT A GLANCE:
Stove and Tap West Chester
158 W Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380
Delivery: Door Dash – will start next week (Monday next week)
Online Ordering: Yes enabled now through website – now for pick-up/take-out
Stove and Tap West Chester opens on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm. Starting hours will be for dinner service Sunday to Thursday, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Expanded hours for lunch and weekend brunch will start in approximately two weeks – before the end of February.
WHY WEST CHESTER?
Weathers said “West Chester was the perfect spot for our next Stove and Tap as we expand in the Philadelphia suburbs. 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.”
JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT
Stove and Tap West Chester will create 42 new jobs to start with up to 70-80 jobs when indoor dining 100% capacity and outdoor dining begins.
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.
Stove and Tap West Chester was more than 70% complete last March when the pandemic hit – the opening moved from spring to summer to 2021 during the state-wide shut-down and stop orders for construction. Weathers and team needed to get back on the books for contractors, deal with shortages of supplies and also work to keep their other restaurants pivoting and open.
He said, “We are so fortunate to be able to move forward and the time is right to officially open the doors and meet our new West Chester neighbors.”
Stove and Tap will launch lunch, brunch and delivery service (through Door Dash) before the end of February. When the nice weather returns, look for the launch of outside sidewalk seating. Down the road, look for expanded hours, expanded menus, new dishes, catering, private parties and more – pending local and state regulations.
Stove and Co. Restaurant Group will announce two new concepts in the spring of 2021 – including a brand-new dining and nightlife concept in West Chester under Stove and Tap, as well as a brand new concept coming to Chester Springs. Look for details on both later in spring and early summer. Both are currently under construction.
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