Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, two of the brains behind Lansdale’s Stove & Tap (which, by the way, got some two-star love from Philly Mag’s critic, Jason Sheehan), are just about two months away from opening their next two ventures: Al Pastor and Bella Vista, two very different restaurants sharing one kitchen, opening at the same time.
Monnich and Weathers told Eater that the developers behind Eagleview Town Center, the Hankin Group, approached them with plans to expand the Town Center to something a bit more food and retail-focused. They asked for one restaurant concept, Weathers and Monnich gave them two, and the developers took both.
Al Pastor will be a ”modern and approachable” Mexican restaurant and bar. They’re planning for a “cantina feel” with loads of mezcals, tequilas, Latin wines and fresh juices. Monnich says, “The kitchen will focus on cool ingredients, sharp flavors, nothing too cheffy—just having fun with it.” Right next door is Bella Vista, an Italian-American twist on the trattoria. Expect handmade pastas (available by the half-plate or whole), New York-style pizza using long-fermented dough and high-end ingredients, a few sandwiches, and sweets. Wine will be, of course, Italian-focused, and the cocktails, “super classic.”
Construction should be finished by the last week in October or first week in November, and they’re looking for a mid-to-late November grand opening.