Jon Myerow is saying "the end of August" for the opening of Biba in the Left Bank in University City (3131 Walnut St., 215-222-2422), which he is positioning as Tria's "fun little cousin."
That is, a chic wine/beer bar serving light fare, including cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate -- 26 wines by the glass and 10 beers -- with 32 communal seats inside and 12 on the patio. No Wi-Fi, televisions, live music, or karaoke.
Philly's Brett Webber Architects is going for a farmhouse-industrial atmosphere, highlighted by redwood millwork created from a century-old water tower.
Hours will be noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, till 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.