West Chester is seeing an uptick of late, besides Avalon's move into 116 E. Gay St. and Kooma's opening of the mod-looking Kooma Viet at 151 E. Gay St.

Here's another:

Nearly four years after opening at 930 Locust St. in Washington Square West, Mumbai Bistro has opened a branch at 18 S. Church St. (484-884-0117). Like the one downtown, it's solid buffet and table-service Indian in a no-frills atmosphere.

Menu is here.

Next up this summer (probably August) is an offshoot of Manayunk's Couch Tomato Cafe, coming to 33 W. Gay St.

And way down the road, in at least a year, the Pica's pizza folks from Upper Darby will open next to the Blarney Stone on West Chester Pike.