Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, former Stephen Starr Alums and current partners in Stove & Tap in Lansdale and Al Pastor in Exton, announce plans for the opening of The Bercy. The Bercy will be located at 7 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore in the former Haverford Trust building from the 1920’s that most recently housed Primavera Pizza Kitchen. A modern take on the classic French brasserie, The Bercy is named for a neighborhood in the 12th district of Paris. The restaurant will open for dinner initially, with a projected opening in early April. Lunch, weekday breakfast, and weekend brunch will be added by in the Spring, to provide all-day dining and café options, seven days a week.
Monnich is the former executive chef of Parc and The Dandelion. Weathers previously held positions with Jean-Georges, Lacroix and Susanna Foo in addition to the Starr Restaurant Group (Parc, The Dandelion, and Continental Mid-town). The two met as the opening team at Parc. Austin Schaefer, a Garces alum, will serve as Chef de Cuisine.
The Bercy will feature classically inspired brasserie cuisine, intentionally juxtaposed with the restaurant’s grand interior environment. Monnich’s culinary direction is rooted in simple cooking techniques. The menu will feature a selection of wood-fired rotisserie, freshly extruded pastas, and an array of steakhouse style cuts. Additionally, the bar area will extend into an open raw bar showcasing daily selections of fresh oysters and seafood. Gluten free and vegan options will be offered.
Balongue Design will transform the two-story restaurant into a elegant and casually chic neighborhood restaurant inspired by the feeling of entering a stunning grand hotel, where each moment indulges the dramatic. Bright white colors offset hues of navy blue and gold. The Bercy will include 240 seats throughout the 10,000 square foot restaurant. There will be three unique spaces for private dining and parties. The 60 foot U-shaped bar provides 40 seats adjacent wood-fired oven, semi-open kitchen and raw bar areas.
The Bercy is intended to be a family-friendly community gathering spot—exciting and chic as a place for date nights, large birthday dinners, and dressed up Saturday nights, yet still appropriate for a quick afternoon bite for a family after a Lower Merion Soccer Club game.