Here are updates on a few University City projects:
Tom Drinker's West: That's the name of the pizzeria-pub by Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera (Drinker's Tavern, Drinker's Pub, Lucy's Hat Shop) in the former O'Hara's Fish House at 3900 Chestnut St. Hornik promises "two-fisted sandwiches," pizza, and appetizers in a stunning renovation of the onetime hotel ballroom. It'll be a 250-seater, plus 80 outside. Opening is targeted for just before Thanksgiving.
Sang Kee: The Sheraton University City branch of the Chinatown/Wynnewood duck house is in the final two weeks of construction, and owner Michael Chow said he hopes to open by Thanksgiving.
City Tap House: The beer-centric operation from Brian Harrington and his partners (Public House, Mission Grill, Field House) is aiming for Christmas-New Year's in the Radian at 39th and Walnut Streets; note minor name change.
Mary Oaks: The long-delayed gastropub adjacent to Blockley Pourhouse at 38th and Ludlow, which was supposed to open last summer, is now targeting January.
And speaking of University City: Daniel Stern's MidAtlantic, which opened last month in the Science Center at 3711 Market St., has started weekday lunch. And speaking of Daniel Stern, construction delays have pushed the opening of his next restaurant, R2L in Two Liberty Place, to December or January. He'll do private events there before the public opening.