The number of old-man bars in Fishtown -- those wonderfully cheesy spots with wood-paneled walls, tile floors and drop ceilings that appear right out of a Mr. Goodbuys, circa 1978 -- is dwindling with every passing year.
Joe Beckham, who owns Alfa on Walnut Street, bought the Crazy Fish Saloon, at the intersection of Norris, Susquehanna and Cedar, a barroom that time largely forgot. Then he gutted the interior and rebuilt it, re-creating the '70s rec-room vibe.
Beckham, intrigued with L.A.-style Mexican street food, calls it Loco Pez -- a fanciful translation of the previous name. It opens Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The setup is a kitschy coup: The original bar; mismatched curios (plus Pez dispensers over the bar); a photo of Julio Iglesias; a 3-D image of Jesus; a fish tank behind the bar; lots of tequilas; six beers on tap; and tacos, quesadillas, burritos and burgers.