We swung by The Fat Ham (3131 Walnut St.), Kevin Sbraga's just-about-to-open University City Southern spot and it looks like everything is just about ready to go. General manager (and Sbraga's right hand man) Ben Fileccia told us that they're just waiting on the liquor license (he's had his eyes glued to the fax machine all day) and that the Ham is soft opening on Friday and going public on Monday.
The room, formerly home to Tria has been outfitted with rustic tables, rawhide covered banquettes, whitewashed barn wood, a tiled hog mosaic and mismatched China from Philly AIDS Thrift. Bottles of housemaid hot sauce are set on each table along with red and white pinstriped napkins.
The opening menu is filled with all sorts of Southern staples refined with touches of Sbraga flair - think Carolina Gold rice with pigeon peas and braised oxtails, smoked lamb belly with cola sauce and the dish that started it all, country fried lobster tail with seasonal succotash. Oh, and rest assured there will be plenty of bourbon.