The Manayunk barbecue joint Rubb - which has been in the planning stages for at least three years - will finally see the light of day.
Construction is underway at 4311 Main St., formerly Bucks County Coffee and Meze Cafe. It is a block south of a previously considered location when chef Matt Levin (now at Square Peg) was part of the project.
Co-owner Richie Rivera of Belvedere Restaurant Group, who told me he expects to open in late July as a BYOB, says the cue will not be specific to one region. Rubb now exists as a well-regarded mobile smoker.
Meanwhile, Belvedere's Agiato - 4359 Main St. - is closed as the final steps are underway for its expansion next door. By late next week, it will reopen with a 64-bottle cruvinet, 13 draft beers and an expanded menu, Rivera says.