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Restaurant notes: A new Mad Mex; a Thai BYOB shuts down

Willow Grove getting the casual cantina.

Willow Grove is a budget-Mexican mecca, what with the Qdoba, Chipotle, and Baja Fresh outlets along Welsh and Moreland Roads. Entering the burrito battle in late September will be Pittsburgh-based Mad Mex, whose bar action puts it a few nachos higher on the food chain. (There's one at 34th and Walnut Streets in the Shoppes at Penn.) The Willow Grove outlet will be at Moreland and Fitzwatertown Roads, in the strip-mall space that used to house Nothing But Noodles. Construction starts in three weeks, the company told me.

Heng's Thai, a BYOB, has closed its Newtown Square location; its Springfield, Delaware County, original remains.

Everything is for sale, as they say. What to make of this "popular" BYOB in Queen Village with garden seating that apparently has come on the rental market? Anyone hoofing it over there likely would not see a for-rent sign because the name is not included in the listing...

Tune-in alert: The Sugar Philly Truck, which caters to the Penn campus, will be on Eat Street at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Cooking Channel.