JD McGillicuddy's will take over The Freehouse at 11 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne, co-owner Matt Thornton confirms.

The rumor, circulating earlier in the week, was picked up early today by Main Line Dine.

Thornton says he and his family -- with associate Eric Eberz in charge -- will open Aug. 1 after a paint job and the hanging of some pictures. He said he was unaware of "plumbing issues" that had reported vexed previous ownership.

Thornton is one of the seven kids of Tom and Arlene Thornton, who founded the chain in Ardmore in 1994. The most recent location opened in May on the former site of Whiskey Dix, on Seventh Street near the Electric Factory.

The Freehouse has had its share of weirdness of late.