Shaking up Jenkintown

The new West Ave Grille (background) will be across from Drake Tavern.

West Ave Grille is fixing to move its flagship restaurant in Jenkintown around the corner into the long-vacant space at 309 Old York Rd. that last housed a Buca di Beppo, which closed in 2004.

West Ave co-owner Bob Katz tells me that the lease is about to be signed. West Ave will effectively double its seating, add a liquor license, and pick up a 50-seat private dining room. He expects the spot to be ready in late summer.

He also said various restaurants are looking to move into the current West Ave Grille at 718 West Ave., which will remain open during the nearby construction. There are West Ave branches in Dresher and Southampton. West Ave Grille began 12 years ago across from its current location, moving into its current spot about 10 years ago.

Other interesting developments in the borough include a plan for a brewpub next to the Hiway movie theater, an expansion of Velvet Sky bakery, and the newish opening of Argana Tree, a Mediterranean/Moroccan in the former Hobby Shop location on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Leedom Street.

Updated 10/9/13: The West Ave Grille's deal to go into the Buca di Beppo space is dead.