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P.J. Whelihan’s, a local favorite for comfort food and pub grub since 1983, is gearing up to open at 4379 W Swamp Rd this spring, marking the brand’s twenty-ninth location – 22 of which are P.J.s as well as seven specialty restaurants – throughout the South Jersey and Pennsylvania regions, and its first in Doylestown, specifically.
“P.J. Whelihan’s in Doylestown is well underway and set to open in early Spring,” Jessica Breslow, PJW Restaurant Group’s chief operating officer tells What Now Philadelphia. “We have been looking for a location in Bucks County for a long time, and we are thrilled to have found such a perfect spot. Doylestown has amazing schools and passionate sports fans – our team is eager to get open and be a part of this great community!”
Breslow adds, “We definitely have our sights set on continued expansion. We aim to have another PJs open before the year ends.”
The origins of P.J. Whelihan’s date back to 1983, when founder Bob Platzer and the PJW Restaurant Group opened the eponymous eatery, Platz’s, in Lehighton. However, it wasn’t until a decade later when Platzer opened a second restaurant that the name P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant was born, paying homage to Platzer’s grandfather, Peter Joseph Whelihan.
Needless to say, over the years P.J. Whelihan’s has become synonymous with classic comfort food and pub grub, and perhaps most notably, chicken wings, which come with a variety of signature sauces including Mango Habanero, Garlic Parm, a rotating wing of the month, and the infamous Inferno. Meanwhile, there’s a reliable menu of burgers, seasonal specials, fried goodies like onion rings and tater tots, salads, chilis, nachos, and mains such as PJ’s Pub Steak, Twin Crab Cakes, Fire-Grilled Salmon, and more, all of which can be washed down with the restaurant’s house beer, the PJW Copper Lager, brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company.
As the company writes on its official website, “each P.J. Whelihan’s has a somewhat unique feel, but all are neighborhood establishments that deliver a great guest experience,” complete with an “impressive TV package that helps make P.J.’s the best place to catch all the sports action.”