Loco Pez in Fishtown is expanding

Approaching its third anniversary, the Fishtown Mexican hipster bar Loco Pez (2401 E. Norris St.) is preparing to expand next door.

Owner Joe Beckham says the work - which will mean a new kitchen, more seating, a small bottle shop and a takeout operation - is pretty much down to city approvals. (So who knows. Three weeks? Five weeks?)

Work has been going on while the bar is open; just about all you can tell right now is a curtain at the end of the existing bar that separates the spaces.

Beckham said the new side will have a somewhat nautical vibe, as a customer created a whimsical 5-foot sailfish sculpture that will hang on a wall.