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Dec 16, 2010 09:18 AM

PJ Whelihans - Downingtown

Quck question about PJ Whelihans. Last weekend we were supposed to have lunch with another family and I suggested PJ's in Downingtown. They declined the invitiation since they said that it was not a family atmosphere?? Am I missing something?

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  1. I don't think in general, they are any less a family atmosphere than any large chain. Maybe they accidentally walked in on biker night once ...

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    1. re: phillyjazz

      Jazz, I think you are right. My wife and ate there last week. What a nice change from Primavera. Saw several families there.

    2. Hm, I thought PJ Whelihan's was a bar? Never been to the one in Downingtown, but have been to the one in Blue Bell. But only around midnight on a weekend, and it was definitely not a family atmosphere then! Perhaps it's more of a restaurant during the day though, and more bar-oriented at night.

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      1. re: wisey22

        They all have bars, but so do Chili's TGI Friday's, Outback etc. It may depend on the area what kind of element patronizes the bars on any given night. If there are many alternatives, probably an average "non-family patron" will seek out a less-expensive more comfortable alternative. If it is the only place to publicly consume alcohol for miles, and has a TV set and plays sports, chances are you will get a non-family crowd AT THE BAR.

        I guess as long as you stay out of the bar for your seating, you will typically be pretty well-segregated.

        There are some people, I guess, that don't want their kids to see rowdy drunken sports fans, so they shelter their kids by not patronizing such places.