If a bunch of chain bar/grill-type places switch places in the ‘burbs, will anyone notice?
This question is about to be answered, with Landmark Americana (locations in Philly, Glassboro, and West Chester) moving into the recently vacated Paddock at Devon space (which wasn’t a chain, but might as well have been), JD McGillicuddy’s (several Philly and DelCo locations) replacing the Boathouse on N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne, and PJ Whelihan’s (13 locations in PA and South Jersey) replacing Bull Durham’s (which recently replaced Bennigan’s) in West Chester. In fairness to Bull Durham’s, they were an independent business, but it seems they were aiming at the crowd that might instead go to Lone Star or Famous Dave’s, which clearly wasn’t working for them.
In the end, does it matter what any of these places are called? If you want an order of frozen chicken wings and whatever light beer is on special, any of them will do. The important question, really, is whether the Paddock’s happening cougar scene will transition to Landmark, or venture elsewhere. (Things just haven’t been the same since The Wooden Iron closed.)