Opening of new Exton restaurants, Al Pastor & Bella Vista, scheduled for Thursday December 15th
Our Vision starts to become a reality. Two of the four highly anticipated new restaurants are opening this week!
Eagleview Town Center is thrilled to announce the opening of Al Pastor and Bella Vista! They will open their doors at 4pm on Thursday, December 15th. The two restaurant concepts heralded by former Stephen Starr alums Justin Weathers and Chef Joe Monnich, will be the first to open in the new retail area of Town Center. “Each restaurant will have its own distinct identity,” said Weathers. “But, common among both locations will be amazing food and exceptional service. We’re excited to show everyone what we’ve created.”
Featuring a wide range of Mexican influences, Al Pastor’s menu will have features such as Big Eye Tuna Ceviche, Barbacoa Lamb Tacos, and Squash Blossom Quesadillas. The signature Pork Belly Al Pastor Tacos feature a delectable house-roasted pork belly with pineapple, onions, and lime!
Bella Vista will showcase a more trattoria-style menu with seasonal charcuterie and cheese boards, veal and mushroom ragu over strozzapreti pasta, signature house pizzas, and a distinctive 32 oz porterhouse to share amongst the table. “We will change the menu almost daily to feature only the freshest ingredients” says Monnich.
About the Owners:
A native of the Main Line, Joe got his first taste of the chef’s life as a teenager, when a family connection helped him secure a part-time job at Simon Pearce Restaurant in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Though he had no prior cooking experience, Monnich picked up the work fast, attracted to the quick pace and detail-oriented nature of the professional kitchen. Joe later graduated from the Culinary Institue of America where his career as a chef began to blossom. After holding a variety of kitchen positions with the culinary likes of Susanna Foo, Jean-Marie Lacroix, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Robert Aikens, Mark Lapic, and Greg Vernick, Joe fostered an acumen for not only taste and techniques, but the unique relationship between back-of-house and macro-business level management. In 2008, Joe joined STARR Restaurants working at a number of the most exciting and profitable venues in Philadelphia. Most recently, Joe held the role of Executive Chef of Parc Restaurant, overseeing $16 million in sales for the seven day a week, 365 days a year operation complete with 9 chefs and 83 employees under his tutelage. Throughout Monnich’s professional journey, his sights were always set on the bigger goals of ownership and entrepreneurship.
Justin Weathers has over fourteen years of experience in the hospitality industry. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Justin served in numerous front-of-house and back-of-house positions while developing a pedigree and reputation for understanding the symbiotic relationship between operations, finances, customer service, and marketing. Throughout his tenure, Justin has held positions ranging from Executive Chef to Regional Director, starting in 2006 when he joined the Starr Restaurants as an operational manager at Parc Brasserie, a 350 seat French bistro in one of the highest trafficked locations in Philadelphia. Later, Justin joined the Cescaphe Catering Group as an Executive Chef, producing over 300 events annually for four locations in Philadelphia. He returned to Starr Restaurants in 2009 and remained with the company until 2015, holding various positions at some of the highest grossing restaurants in the city. Justin later served as Regional General Manager, overseeing all operations and culinary systems for a set of restaurants in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.