Stove and Co. Restaurant Group Announces New Boutique Steakhouse Joey Chops Coming This Winter

Joey Chops is the seventh restaurant and the fifth concept by Stove and Co. Restaurant Group
Stove and Co. Restaurant Group Announces New Boutique Steakhouse Heading to Malvern
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Stove and Co. Restaurant Group continues its takeover of the Main Line and Western Suburbs with news of a new boutique restaurant opening in Malvern this winter. Owners Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich announce Joey Chops will open this February at 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355. The new concept will take over the former home of Stove and Tap Malvern. Joey Chops will put a modern twist on the classic American steakhouse, with woodfired prime cuts, seafood and new classic cocktails. The 7,500 square foot restaurant and bar space will feature 135+ seats in the main dining room, private dining room, indoor bar and outdoor bar and lounge spaces. Renovations are currently underway, and will include all new furniture, the addition of tablecloths and new décor, a softening of the space, a new private dining room and event space, updates the the floorplan, and an extended selection of spirits and wines. When opened, Joey Chops will join other Stove and Co. concepts that include DePaul’s Table: Modern Italian Steakhouse in Ardmore, Al Pastor in Exton, Stove and Tap in West Chester and Lansdale, Revival Pizza Pub in Exton Springs, and GBU (Good Bad and Ugly) in West Chester.

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“Joey Chops will feature big and bold cuts, wines and cocktails in our modern twist on the classic American steakhouse,” said Weathers in a statement. “The Malvern area of the Main Line has become this amazing hotspot for suburban diners over the pandemic. There has been an increased demand for higher-end and elevated dining experiences. Since 2020, there has been a saturation of casual American restaurants and gastropubs. We wanted to fill the void and bring something special and more sophisticated to the area while keeping in line with our restaurant group’s mission and vision. We can’t wait to introduce Joey Chops to diners this winter. We are creating an experience that is perfect for every and any occasion – from the destination diner to the power luncher to locals looking for a great happy hour and bar scene.”

Weathers added, “There are a lot of choices in the area to dine and we want to stand out with our upscale, boutique vibes, easy access, prime location, complimentary parking and higher quality of food at competitive prices. Joe and our culinary team also bring experience, techniques and ideas acquired from 20 years of catering to diners of all types from around the Greater Philadelphia Region.”

The menu will be divided into categories such as starters, raw/ chilled/, salads/soups, hand cut steaks, entrees, and skillet sides. Expect a range of options from high end dry aged cuts to even approachable butcher cuts for the more price conscious.

For service, Stove and Co. has brought in Veteran General Manager George Simaan, previously with the Sullivan’s SteakHouse Group. They will focus on hospitality, steps of service and guest loyalty.

From the kitchen, look for Monnich and his culinary team to put their spin on French Onion Soup, Crab and Shrimp Cake, Wagyu Sliders, Bacon Steak Wedge Salad, Bone-In 22oz Ribeye and Porcini Dusted Scallops.

From the bar, look for a drink program that focuses on new American cocktails such as the JC Poached Pear Martini, Old Thyme Manhattan and Spirited Ocean (with thai basil, sugar cane and lime). The opening wine list will start with 20 wines by the glass, with 80% American and 20% international. For the draft list look for 12 selections with a focus on classic American beers – including a custom branded pilsner collaboration with Levante Brewery.

Stove and Co. Restaurant Group completed extensive top to bottom renovations of the property when Stove and Tap Malvern opened at the start of the pandemic. They initially tapped Interior Designer Boulange Designs for the original design of the space.

Patrons will find a complete overhaul of the furniture, the addition of tablecloths, new design and decor elements, and a general softening of the space. Design elements will include darker tones and colors, reclaimed woods and metals, a brand new wooden floor, custom wallpaper and the addition of beautiful tapestries at each window.

For layout, the 7,500 square foot space will feature 135 seats in total, with 80 in the main and private dining rooms, 15 seats at the indoor 40 foot bar, 20 seats at the outdoor u-shaped open-air bar, and 20 seats in the open-air lounge and patio with dining tables and firepits.

The revised layout will include the addition of a new private dining room and event space that can hold 40 guests.

Layout changes will also expand the back of house – allowing for additional higher end wines, whiskies and tequilas.

Weathers said, ” The building is a large and flexible space that would hold a restaurant and bar of the size and scale we wanted. The building also afforded the opportunity for a grand outdoor patio with bar and fire pits, which will be even larger than the signature outdoor space at the Lansdale location.”

Joey Chops will be open for the Main Line power lunch 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday for Dinner and drinks 4:00pm to 9:00pm, Sunday to Thursday, Dinner and drinks 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday and Happy hour 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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