Mezza Luna's move a block away, into the corner of Eighth and Christian Streets, is almost complete.

Owner Pietro "Pete" D'abbraccio expects to open Thursday (8/13) for dinner; at midday Wednesday, he was waiting for the installation of a bar top. The liquor license is not yet in hand, so it'll be BYOB at the outset.

The door of its former home for 10 years, at 763 S. Eighth St., has an ominous sign indicating that the landlord took possession of the premises and changed the locks.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court files show two filings against D'abbraccio last month for unpaid rent and outstanding bills; no response is noted. Asked what that was all about, D'abbraccio said he and the landlord "had some problems."