Coming this Fall (2014) to the West Chester restaurant scene is the popular and well-established native of Manayunk, The Couch Tomato Café. This time, Owners Craig Mosmen and Michael Cassano plan to open their second branch with a twist – wood-fired brick oven pizza! Mosmen and Cassano are eager to bring their enormously popular lineup of specialty salads and gourmet pizzas to the growing and vibrant town of West Chester PA, as a BYOB establishment. So, be prepared to bring your favorite wine or beer!
For all of you Couch Tomatoes in West Chester, who are now buzzing with joy, you can expect the same lineup of fresh, constantly changing and unique food to-go, to be delivered, or enjoyed on-site (not to mention catering!). The atmosphere inside their new location will be a definite draw, with accordion sidewalk windows, high ceilings with exposed brick walls and an overall rustic décor chockfull with stunning reclaimed wood. To top it off, just wait until you feast on their roof-deck that overlooks bustling West Gay Street, while being encircled by an environmentally friendly green-roof garden area!
Mosmen and Cassano take pride in their “scratch-kitchen” where all foods are prepared on premises. Their meats, vegetables, and cheeses are always sourced as locally as possible, and their menu is injected with organic, anti-biotic free, and other healthy ingredients! A shared affinity among the owners toward organic and farm-to-table components is certainly a noticeable characteristic. Gluten-FREE pizza crust has also become one of their shining achievements in recent years, growing massively popular among the wheat-free in Philadelphia.
Upon their grand opening, The Couch Tomato Café (West Chester) will be introducing their product to the area by offering every patron a FREE gourmet slice on opening day, direct from their new wood-fired brick oven. They hope to inspire the masses to walk through the front door, taste the food, feel the upbeat and friendly customer service, relish some food on the roof-deck garden area, and enjoy the overall vibe and experience.
Mosmen and Cassano hope for the same welcoming in West Chester as they received in Manayunk way back in 2003, when their phones quickly began to ring off the hook since opening day. Ever since, their café and catering businesses have grown substantially year over year.
They proudly tout a laundry list of accolades earned over the years for things like “Best Pizza” (Philadelphia Magazine), winner of “Best Pizza” and “Best Healthy Lunch” (Philly HOTLIST), rated “Excellent” (Zagat), rated “Best Soups” (City Paper), among many others. Their primary goal is to expand that trend of recognizable performance into West Chester!
A buzz about their expansion to West Chester is already vibrating through town by word of mouth and among the Facebook Crowd. It’s obvious that The Couch Tomato West Chester is gearing up for success!