Point Breeze is in for something new from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello's 13th Street Kitchens, marking a rare South Philly venture for the group that includes more northerly names like Cafe Lift, Bufad, Prohibition Taproom, and Kensington Quarters. It's called Buckminster's, and according to the Philly Voice, it's due to open at the corner of 21st and Federal late this summer.
While the precise concept is yet to be fully confirmed, what does seem to have been settled upon is a mid-century modern interior, some sort of bistro-influenced menu, and wine and beer on tap. Per the Voice, Pasquarello is aiming for "a concept that that 'complements' what's currently in the neighborhood, rather than competes with." There's a decent amount of room to maneuver within that statement: The location is immediately surrounded by lots of takeout spots and bakery and cafe concepts like Kermit's and Breezy's, and within a few blocks of American Sardine Bar and Madira, but hardly overflowing with full-service dinner options. A rep for 13th Street Kitchens elaborates that Pasquarello was "influenced by the neo-bistro, a relatively new style of French restaurant, which often features a casual atmosphere, affordable prices, and inventive small plates with international influences."
The site is the former home of long-running Burg's Lounge, which was sold several years ago and has been rehabbed by Fishtown's KJO Architecture into the new bar-restaurant space with a bi-level apartment above.
Buckminster's, 1200 S. 21st St., opening late summer.