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Wynnewood's Buca Di Beppo Now Closed

The Italian restaurant, located at 260 East Lancaster Ave. in Wynnewood, closed on Sunday, according to management.

Buca di Beppo, located in the Wynnewood Square Shopping Center, has closed.

The family-style Italian restaurant opened in September 2010 and shut its doors for the last time on Sunday, according to management. 

By Tuesday, the festive Buca di Beppo logo had been removed from the store's facade and a U-Haul truck was parked out front as people inside worked to pack up dishes and decorations.

An employee at the store referred Patch to Buca di Beppo's corporate marketing director for further information. Calls to the restaurant's public relations company and Baker Properties, the owner of Wynnewood Square, were not returned by press time.

Signs on the door simply read:

The Wynnewood Buca di Beppo has closed.

We appreciate your years of patronage and apologize for the inconvenience. Your favorite Buca di Beppo dishes are still cooking at our Exton location.

Buca di Beppo has five remaining Pennsylvania locations, with the Exton location being the only Buca di Beppo within an hour's drive. A Center City location closed in August

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Arbogast January 14, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Oddly, Buca di Beppo owned Vinnie T's of Boston but decided to convert the Wynewood and 10 other Vinnie T's locations and over to Buca franchises. Bad decision, at least in Wynnewood.
Sam D February 13, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Target needs 100,000 - 180,000 SF of space. The Buca space is 7,200 SF. Even if you could magically make all the other retailers at the center disappear, which won't happen, the entire SF of the center is +/- 80,000 SF. Center is too small. Also, not enough parking.
Sam D February 13, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Trader Joe's (and a farmer's market) wouldn't work for a number of reasons. Superfresh would restrict any other type of food grocer at the center. Also, the Trader Joe's at Suburban Square is too close. Trader Joe's is more of a destination style retailer in that they pull from a wide radius and wouldn't stack stores close to each other. Additionally, say hypothetically if Superfresh closed, the Buca space is too small - it's only 7,200 SF - TJ's runs 11-14,000 SF. Even if Five Below (next to Buca) decided to leave I doubt TJ's would relocate either. The owner of Suburban Square has significantly deeper pockets than the owner of Wynnewood Square and they would just give TJ's a sweetheart deal to stay. Also, if Superfresh was gone and an independent farmer's considered the space - they'd probably not move forward with it b/c if they tried to focus on the high end market, they would be competing with the already long established farmer's market at Sub Square. If they focused on the more moderate market, they would need to make it up on volume, and probably not enough parking and couldn't afford the rent. In offering suggestions on what would go there and do well, that's the challenge. Unfortunately in today's market, not many retailers are expanding, especially not many that need 7,000 SF of space.
Sam D February 13, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Parking on the main line is a big issue. Even in the shopping centers, parking is tough.
Sam D February 13, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Josh - Any word on the name of the restaurant replacing Buca?

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