From a new Serena & Lily storefront to a soon-to-open taqueria by Jose Garces to an aptly named bar in West Chester…
• Serena & Lily Lands on the Main Line
Two months ago, we shared a rumor about a potential Serena & Lily storefront in Haverford. Well, hold on to your Riviera stools, friends…the Serena & Lily Main Line Design Shop officially opens on Sunday, February 13 with a special Open House at its new location at 25 Haverford Station Road. At nearly 4,000 square feet, the shop will stock plenty of favorites from the coastal-inspired home and lifestyle brand, including furniture, bedding, rugs, pillows, wallpaper, lighting, art and décor. Original paintings by local artists Maureen Boyd, Andrea Moran and Kristen Tirney will grace the walls as well. For those with decorating dilemmas (#raiseshand), complimentary room plans and advice are available from the shop’s team of design advisors, either in-store, at your home or virtually. Local designers can even reserve a workspace for private appointments, client meetings and presentations both inside and outside of regular business hours. For now the shop is open by appointment only, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.
• The Award for Best Bar Name Goes To…
Moods can change in a matter of minutes these days. Thankfully, there’s a bar for that! Now open in downtown West Chester, Good, Bad & Ugly —the newest offering from the Stove and Co. Restaurant Group—puts a modern twist on the beloved dive bar with food served in baskets, classic bar games (think pool, foosball and shuffleboard), happy hour specials, beers served on tap (and by the can) and playful décor. “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,” explains co-owner Justin Weathers. This is the fifth establishment that Weathers and his business partner Joseph Monnich have opened in the past two years and the duo’s first-ever bar-focused concept. The menu is small but mighty; highlights include the tap fries made with smoked brisket and beer, buttermilk chicken fingers and the All-American Burger. Happy hour specials are available Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and best consumed at the giant, 80-foot-long bar.
• 1-900-ICE-CREAM Adds Coffee Service
Something new is brewing at 1-900-ICE-CREAM in Ardmore. In addition to its wacky, over-the-top flavor offerings, the café now offers coffee service, with a different roaster profiled each month. Frank Monzo, head of the shop’s coffee division, plans to focus on international brews. “Local roasters are pretty well covered by other [nearby] cafes, so we’re taking a more global approach,” he says. The roaster of the month is announced via Instagram , and any leftover beans are repurposed into ice cream flavors. Table seating is available, along with a curated selection of coffee equipment and accessories for sale.
• A New Taqueria Comes to Town
Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner Jose Garces will bring his popular fast-casual Buena Onda restaurant to Radnor, with a new location slated to open this spring at 200 Radnor Chester Road. Inspired by surf towns along the Mexican coastline, the menu will include seafood tacos, classic and meatless tacos, Buena bowls, nachos, guacamole, chips and salsa, rice and beans, churros and more. While the taqueria will focus primarily on takeout and delivery—with a designated pick-up area for each—the 2,000-square-foot taqueria will include seating for 46 inside and six outside. Customers can place an order on all major platforms, including DoorDash, Caviar, Grubhub and Uber Eats.
• No-Trauma Takeout
Anyone who’s ordered takeout for a large family or office knows #thestruggleisreal. Pure Roots Provisions wants to help. Started by Chef Andrew Masciangelo and Yohann Zinier of Savona, Pure Roots is an innovative “food hall” that brings seven restaurants under one roof. With seven children between them, Masciangelo and Zinier often complained about the lack of healthy takeout options for picky palates. Pure Roots brings a variety of culinary choices and cravings to one, central location, from pizza and pasta to fresh sushi and poke to salads and flatbreads. Each Pure Roots restaurant has its own chef who prepares every dish to order. All deliveries are fulfilled by in-house drivers who transport orders in special temperature-regulated packaging (sorry no DoorDash or Uber Eats here!). Delivery is $3.99 plus tip (curbside, contact-free pickup is also available). Pure Roots is only available for takeout, delivery and catering right now, but Masciangelo and Zinier plan to add a dine-in option this summer. Current hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, which the partners hope to expand.
• Reporter Hit by Car While Reporting Live Has Local Ties
Anyone catch the clip of journalist Tori Yorgey being struck by a car while reporting live for local television station WSAZ in West Virginia? Turns out Yorgey is a 2014 graduate of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting and Penn State. Yorgey was sharing the latest about a weather-related water main break when she was struck by a car. Seconds later, she popped back up on screen to finish her report and reassure the alarmed news anchor (and viewers) that she was, in fact, just fine. Ironically, the incident happened during Yorgey’s last week on the job; she now reports for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh (hopefully from the studio).
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