A restaurant is already in the wings to replace L'Oca at Fairmount Avenue and Corinthian Street across from Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount.
Chef Matt Zagorski (ex-Rouge and 500 Degrees) is partnered with Jack Henderson on Hickory Lane, an American bistro that Henderson says he hopes will open by mid-December.
Hickory Lane was an early name for Fairmount Avenue.
Henderson is familiar with the building, at 2025 Fairmount. He was partnered with L'Oca chef Luca Garutti at its debut five years ago, but left the business two years ago. Garutti, facing criminal charges after a DUI arrest in July, flew the coop three weeks ago.