The New Owners of TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery Add Greek Flavors

Photo by Ed Williams

Billy Papatzikas and Chris Peticacis are keeping fan favorites, too. 

When longtime friends Billy Papatzikas and Chris Peticacis recently took over Paoli’s beloved TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery, it could’ve meant a seismic change. Instead, the duo has championed the previous owners’ vision. After all, why mess with a formula that’s worked for 16 years?

TJ’s remains a cheery saloon with vintage-style liquor posters and expansive beer menus affixed to the walls. The original kitchen staff continues to produce the same hearty menu of favorites like the crispy fried-chicken-and-waffle sandwich and succulent slow-braised short-rib tacos. The juicy burger remains as irresistible as ever.

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Even so, TJ’s is slowly incorporating several new Mediterranean-style appetizers that reflect the new owners’ Greek roots. New additions include grilled calamari and octopus, and plump mussels bathed in a zesty red sauce. Expect enhanced weekly specials like French-cut pork chops with a maple-Dijon glaze, and a juicy eight-ounce filet mignon served with a wine reduction. Hopheads can rejoice, too: The bar’s 24 taps are set to expand to 32.

Editor’s note: Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are currently available. 

35 Paoli Plaza, Paoli, (610) 725-0100

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