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Avalon ready to move in West Chester

In less than two weeks, John Brandt-Lee is closing his Avalon BYOB at 312 S. High St. in the borough, as he takes over what he is currently operating as Nonna's, a few blocks away at 116 E. Gay St.

Avalon ready to move in West Chester

New bar at what will become Avalon, 116 E. Gay St., West Chester.
New bar at what will become Avalon, 116 E. Gay St., West Chester.

To co-opt a hoary West Chester one-liner, you might say that restaurateur John Brandt-Lee is going out High and coming in Gay.

Brandt-Lee is closing his Avalon BYOB at 312 S. High St. in the borough, as he takes over what he is currently operating as Nonna's, a few blocks away at 116 E. Gay St.

Avalon's new location will have a full bar, twice as many seats, sidewalk dining and live music on weekends. Plans call for a mozzarella/antipasti bar and wood-burning pizza to be added soon.

Here is the timeline:

Easter Sunday, April 20, will be what they're billing as "the last supper" (yes, lowercase) at Avalon's South High Street location, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Nonna's on Gay Street will serve Easter dinner from the regular menu starting at 3 p.m.

On April 23, Nonna's bar will be open with all-you-can-eat mussels for $10 per person and $3 drafts. This will be Nonna's finale.

On April 24,  the Avalon sign will hang on 116 E. Gay St. and Brandt-Lee will donate 33 percent of all food sales to the Dining Out for Life fundraiser for HIV research.

Brandt-Lee has not said what will become of the High Street location.

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