Grand opening set subsequent week for brand spanking new eatery in West Chester | Native Information


WEST CHESTER – Last week it was a hive of activity as the kegs rolled in, the hiring process continued, and the finishing touches were put on the newest restaurant and bar on Gay Street, Sedona Taphouse.

The new 5350 square meter restaurant is part of the mixed-use building complex 44 West by Eli Kahn, which replaced the building of the Mosteller department store.

“We are over the moon,” said Darryl Brophy, day-to-day operations manager and minority owner. “This is a great place for people to meet friends and family, eat out and enjoy the city.”

The restaurant has space for 140 guests and 20 seats at the bar. Fifty taps pour craft beers. 30 percent of the draft beer is brewed on site, mostly from Phoenixville and West Chester. In an open kitchen or in an exhibition kitchen, guests can watch the food being prepared.

Guests get a taste of the southwest and Sedona, Arizona, with its towering red walls, often referred to as America’s most beautiful city.

“Sedona is an upscale craft beer taphouse,” said owner David Trout. He works with owner Peter Shivery.

“Our menu has many organic, heart-healthy, and gluten-free options,” said Trout. “We offer hundreds of craft beers from around the world and we feature many local and regional breweries.

“Guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and an extensive first-class but well-mixed wine list.”

Freshly made guacamole, jalapenos wrapped in bacon and cheese and fried in the desert, crab cakes without filler, truffle fries, freshly cut sustainable seafood and the hangover beef burger with half a pound of Angus beef and egg are on the menu .

The restaurant is the fifteenth franchise company and the West Chester team also owns the existing Phoenixville location. Around 75 part-time and full-time employees, including students from West Chester University and industry professionals, will host guests.

“It’s a great new staff,” said Brophy. “The people we have are all top notch and are amazing people.”

The business owners decided to open at a difficult time.

“The confidence we have in the concept enables us to have the courage to open the restaurant in a pandemic,” said Brophy.

The team’s first priority is to ensure the safety of employees while using surfaces, especially high points of contact, such as B. Phones to clean regularly. In addition, employees must wear masks at all times.

“We had some pretty high standards at first,” Brophy said.

Socially distant tables cover the terrace and at 44 West, guests enjoy a view of the new fountain. Trout and Brophy are both excited that Gay Street could be closed to vehicle traffic again this summer.

The business will be “family friendly” and a great place to take kids with lots of affordable options for kids, Trout said.

A grand opening and charity event with the Headstrong Foundation and the Charlotte Grace Fund for Childhood Cancer will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19.

Lunch and dinner will be served from Tuesday April 20th.

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