May 10 is the target opening of City Tap House on the Radian's balcony (3925 Walnut St. University City, 215-662-0105), more than 14 months in the making.
Salient point: 60 beers on tap, including Tripel Karmeliet, Hitachino Nest White, Ace Pear Cider, and Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale.
Owners Brian Harrington, Gary Cardi, Chris Coco, and Frank Falesto, who also run such establishments as Mission Grill, Field House, and Public House, have gone with a timber-framed, mountain-lodge look, using reclaimed wood, slate tile, and a hammered copper bar top, from Partridge Architects.
There are five outdoor fire pits overlooking Walnut Street, upstairs from Capogiro and Bobby's Burger Palace.
The much-traveled Al Paris (Zanzibar Blue, Mantra) is chef. Menu ($6-$19) will include crispy Gulf oysters with horseradish aioli, Johnny cakes and pickled red onion; Lancaster lamb "Merguez" sausage with red pepper hummus, flatbread, marinated olives and feta; roasted beet salad with radicchio, goat cheese croutons, haricot vert and orange-rosemary vinaigrette; center-cut pork chop with apple-fennel mash and roasted pepper salad; and several varieties of mussels.
Lunch/dinner, seven days.