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.