Photos courtesy of the P.J.W. Restaurant Group
On Dec. 19, P.J. Whelihan’s opened its 14th location at 180 Mill Road in Oaks. The chain also has locations in Blue Bell, Downingtown and West Chester. The The P.J.W. Restaurant Group is no stranger to the region—it also operates The Pour House in Exton, North Wales and Westmont, N.J., as well as Treno Pizza Bar and the ChopHouse, both in New Jersey.
The home of the new P.J. Whelihan’s is the Marketplace at Oaks, an upscale suburban community center that serves as a retail, dining and entertainment hub for the area. Formerly a Max & Erma’s, the 6,000-square-foot space was completely gutted and remodeled. Designed by Stokes Architecture, the exterior features a classic brick façade juxtaposed with modern glass panels and diagonal steel beams to bring in natural light throughout the interior. The steel beams and black mullions evoke a contemporary industrial feel, echoed in the sleek horizontal metal cladding with contrasting white letters announcing P.J. Whelihan’s.
The new location is geared to serve families, sports fans, happy hour patrons and those seeking night and weekend entertainment from local bands and DJs. Thirty extra-large televisions–including eight 80-inch screens–will keep guests in the middle of the sports action. Patrons will find great views from the comfortable bar area that also features a communal table for large groups.
A robust, rotating beer selection from 48 taps including P.J.W. Copper Lager, brewed exclusively for P.J. Whelihan’s by Victory Brewing Company is available. A brand new collaboration beer from Philadelphia’s Yards Brewing Company, P.J. the Elf’s IPA, will be on draft for a limited time.
The menu stays true to traditional P.J. Whelihan’s fare with classic bar food, seasonal salads and sandwiches and a rotating wing of the month.
“We are so glad to open our doors in Oaks. It may be the 14th time I’m doing this, but it never
gets old. If anything, it’s even more rewarding to see our concept welcomed into another community,” says Bob Platzer, president and CEO of P.J.W. Restaurant Group. “We look forward to serving our new neighbors, not just with food, but with community and economic support.”