file under: bad luck or cursed?

IMG_E8086We all have been waiting for Stove & Tap to open their Frazer, PA (Malvern) on Route 30 in Lincoln Court Shopping Center.

But it has taken for-ev-er.  A local quipped a few months ago that the Sistine Chapel was done is less time.  I don’t know. But what I do know is I noticed a couple of weeks ago when I was over in Lincoln Court that they finally looked almost ready. And people really want them to open around here.

But…then someone said the other day a truck had gone through the front. And not just any old truck apparently, but one with a tanker full of blacktop goop and WHAAAAAT???

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Bad luck or cursed, you have to feel for these restaurateurs. And I know Rome wasn’t built in a day but ya know we first heard about them coming to Chester County at some point in 2018.  Then all of the buzz started in early 2019

Vista: Stove & Tap Preparing for Grand Opening of Second Location  

Posted By: Kimberly McGuanePosted date: February 21, 2019

Stove & Tap, a popular restaurant and bar in Lansdale, is preparing for the grand opening of its second location, the Lincoln Court Shopping Center in Frazer, writes Kenneth Hilario for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

This is the fourth joint venture of business partners Justin Weathers and Chef Joe Monnich. In addition to the original Stove & Tap and the forthcoming one, the two restaurateurs also operate The Bercy in Ardmore and Al Pastor in Exton.

The new restaurant and bar at 215 Lancaster Avenue will span 7,500 square feet and generate five full-time jobs and 55 part-time positions. The owners also said there is potential for more positions after it opens.

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PA Eats: We’ve Got the Scoop on the New Stove & Tap in Frazer, PA by Emily Kovach on Mar 7, 2019

A new restaurant is headed to Frazer, PA: a second iteration of the wildly popular Stove & Tap in Lansdale. This new location, which will be about 35 miles southwest of the original (and just 8 miles north of West Chester), will bring the same rustic American dining and great bar atmosphere, and will certainly be a favorite new gathering spot for locals…. The 7,500-square-foot space, which was secured by restaurant real estate rock stars James Pinckney and Tess Scott of ZMCRE, was renovated under architect Joe Lombardi and interior design firm Boulange Designs (which also designed The Bercy). The aesthetic will be “rustic Americana” with plenty of reclaimed wood and metal and vintage wallpaper.

 

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Inquirer: Stove & Tap to open a location in Chester County
by Michael Klein, Updated: February 14, 2019

….Opening is projected for April.

Both are Starr Restaurant alums: Weathers as a manager at various locations and Monnich as a chef at The Dandelion and Parc.

Well….I think we are past April…..it’s September …and someone told me the blacktop truck well…. MADE A HUGE MESS.

Is this the universe telling East Whiteland Township there are enough beer pub kind of places around here already?

Lincoln Court is a weird place at times and in my opinion they have one of the WORST parking lots around.  Who hired the blacktop truck I wonder?  How did that truck slip?

Seriously, you just have to feel for the owners of Stove & Tap.   When will they open in Malvern/Frazer? In August the Inquirer said September/October, but given what I saw today, well who knows? I don’t know who does their publicity but maybe less playing possum and a little more being straight with the timeline might be in order? Especially with what happened?

I look forward to trying the place when it does finally open even if I don’t really drink beer ever. If anyone has the scoop here, feel free to leave a comment.

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lincoln court shopping center in frazer

lc1They say photos are worth a thousand words.

Nothing like a shopping center slum lord in the snow, right? Has anyone else been to Lincoln Court Shopping Center recently as in during or after any of the recent weather???

That lot is challenging on a good day with clear weather, now it is so bad that personal injury lawyers should just hang out in the parking lot every day.

lc3Yes I know it is a challenge to keep anything clean in this weather, but these commercial property owners are supposed to try to make it safe for business owners and their employees and their customers, aren’t they?  And here even the handicap spots aren’t even properly cleared and aren’t they supposed to be by law?

And someone told me this is the same property owner that owns over where Frazer Post Office and Peppridge Farm is too?

Most municipalities do have rules that commercial properties must abide by so does East Whiteland ever look into stuff like this? Anyway, be careful especially in Lincoln Court.

lc5I know many people who own chunks of commercial properties in the Northeast as well as small businesses struggling in this weather, and I know they are all having issues of clearing snow and finding places to put it. But can’t this Lincoln Court property owner get snow hauled off and say ask other property owners that own large stretches of field near there if they can pay them to put the extra snow there? Or ask East Whiteland if they have any places extra snow can go? There has to be a solution, right? Or is it this commercial property owner only cares about collecting the rents?

This winter has been brutal, God knows but people should be able to navigate safely in this lot and right now they can’t.  Businesses need business from customers to pay the rent. But if customers and employees can’t navigate safely  how the heck are all these businesses supposed to generate the income to pay the rent?

And is it true that according to East Whitelnd’s own code this  center should have nearly 900 spaces?  Someone told me that as per property management site  (which I have not seen because I don’t know who it is…yet) there are approximately 592 parking spaces? (Except some City Feet listing I found says 771 parking spaces?)  This is probably all grand-fathered, right? But aren’t all lots with 60 or more spaces  supposed to have a pedestrian path or walkway from one side to the other?

Whatever, I am totally confused as to how many spaces a shopping center of this size should have.  That is for East Whiteland to figure out.  All I know is the parking lot conditions could be considered hazardous to the average citizen, and well it is the site of our local Drivers License Center, grocery store, QVC outlet and so on. It is always busy except for now because it is ridiculous. SO why isn’t it cleaned up better???

East Whiteland is a municipality where there is a LOT of commercial property compared to residential and the news that does eeek out from the non-televised and non-recorded meetings indicate they are always courting more commercial projects, so why not have the older shopping centers like this look better, feel better and be better too? Mind you, I am not blaming East Whiteland for this parking lot debacle in the sense of it is not really cleaned up safely or properly, that is all on the property owner whomever they are, right? Just food for thought as more commercial sites grow, right?

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