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.
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