Back in September people were stunned to learn about the sudden closing of Calloway’s in the Just-A-Farms Shopping Center in Huntingdon Valley.
For the last seven months the property has been closed, gutted and cleared out waiting for a new vendor to take over. Now, renovations have begun for a new restaurant to open in Calloway's place.
Just-A-Farms office manager Jim Pileggi confirmed that a new start-up restaurant called “Pal’z” will take Calloway’s spot at the corner of the shopping center.
"It's already been rented out," Pileggi said. "They are in the process of doing renovations."
Store owner Ed Benza confirmed that it will be an American-type bar similar to Calloway’s, but with better quality food, new floor plans and a complete overhaul of the inside. They replaced the tables, chairs and bars. Construction has started and the owners are currently waiting for the liquor license to transfer.
Calloway’s shut down in September with no prior notice. Employees showed up for work one day only to see a sign on the door that stated the restaurant was closed.
“Two years ago the family that owned it subleased it,” Peliggi said. “The fellow they leased it to wasn't doing a good job. He owed the electric company a lot, didn’t keep up with painting and the quality of the food.
“We took the possession of the property,” Peliggi added. “We got it released and hopefully it will open not too much later.”
Pileggi said he expects Pal’z to open sometime in April or May.