On Sunday, November 15, Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello (Kensington Quarters, Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad) are opening the doors to Buckminster's, the neo-bistro opening in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philly. If "neo-bistro" is a term you've never heard, not to worry, it's not really common knowledge. Pasquarello describes it as such: "There is a movement in Europe's culinary scene right now, primarily in Paris, where young chefs are redefining what casual bistro food is by giving it a more worldly and personal inflection. Overall, these chefs are reinvigorating bistro cuisine the way the gastro-pub trend updated traditional pub fare."
Buckminster's will be replacing Burg's at 21st and Federal Streets, and one thing's for certain: it'll be pretty much nothing like its predecessor. The food menu by chef Rob Marzinsky (of Fitler Dining Room fame) will range from $2-$21, and the drink menu will be centered around a 14-tap system pouring eight beer and six wines, occasionally featuring biodynamic and organic varietals. The wine-by-the-bottle list at Buckminster's will feature eight bottles under $40 — a feat for any restaurant in Philly, and cocktails will remain just as affordable starting at $5.50 for a "House G+T" and topping out at $9 for "The Captain", a mezcal-based, maple syrup-sweetened cocktail.
The opening menu is below: