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Paris will take the former insurance office (via Google)

Fairmount is exploding lately with activity. Hickory Lane and Lemon Hill are in their opening weeks, La Calaca Feliz is gearing up for a Jan. 17 debut, and Mugshots is ready to pack for a move down the street.

London Grill, at 23d and Fairmount for going on 21 years now, is preparing to launch a wine bar next door, in the space previously used as a takeout shop and insurance office.

Aiming for a Feb. 9 launch, Terry Berch McNally and chef Michael McNally are setting up Paris Wine Bar (2303 Fairmount Ave., 215-978-4545) as an intimate 50-seater showcasing Pennsylvania-produced wines and French-inspired dishes in a tin-ceilinged, Euro setting. Terry helped decorate the place from her French sconce collection.

Six wines - two whites, three reds and one dry rose - will be offered “on draught,” tapped from kegs that have been filled by the winemakers, such as Allegro, Pinnacle Ridge, Galen Glenn and Manatawny. Great pricing: $7 to $9.50 per glass, with some at $4 during the 5 to 7 p.m. happy hour.

London and Paris are now sharing a menu, which you can see here

Paris Wine Bar will be open Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Post updated to include menu

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