Buckminster’s Is Closing

Photo via Buckminster's

Buckminster’s closes after just under seven months | Photo via Buckminster’s

Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal is calling it quits after just under seven months. The Point Breeze restaurant by Michael Pasquarello of 13th Street Kitchens (Prohibition Taproom, Bufad, Cafe Lift, Kensington Quarters) will close after service on Saturday, June 11th. Buckminster’s was piloted by chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen. In a statement emailed to Foobooz, Pasquarello stated that Marzinsky is “one of the most talented and driven chefs I know, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with him.” Pasquarello also stated the team would have a place in the restaurant group.

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Fishtown Gets a Pop-Up Beer Garden

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Wooder Ice has the scoop on the just opened pop-up beer garden adjacent to Heffe Tacos at Frankford and Marlborough. Heffe owner Peter McAndrews has teamed up with Brad Helder of Bottle Bar East and John Fischer of Baby Blues BBQ to get the beer garden off the ground.

According to Wooder Ice, the pop-up beer garden offers Mexican and craft beers plus cocktails.

Heffe Beer Garden is open Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Heffe Beer Garden Becomes Fishtown’s First and Only Pop-Up Beer Garden [Wooder Ice]
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Chef Matt Zagorski Rolls Out New Menu at Pennsylvania 6

Pennsylvania 6 - Soft Polenta

Soft Polenta with golden beets, tellegio, pinenuts, pecorino cheese, and crispy oregano

A familiar name is now the executive chef at Pennsylvania 6. Mathew Zagorski, who was the main man at Hickory Lane and Rouge also worked at Striped Bass and Lacroix back in the day rolls out his first full menu today at the Midtown Village restaurant.

The menu takes advantage of Zagorski’s experience with classic French technique and applies it to Pennsylvania 6′ American bistro concept. And of course there is a burger on the menu. The menu also includes crudo, shareable dishes like crab cake with Andouille sausage, plates like pasta with lamb shoulder ragout, a selection of steaks and chops plus sandwiches. Prices range from $12 for salads and starters up to $42 for an 18-ounce rack of lamb.

Pennsylvania 6 will also continue its raw bar program, including its buck-a-shuck oysters for happy hour weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Highlights from the menu »

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

Check out some photos of the plates »

Ai Ramen Opens at Liberty Place

Ai Ramen is now open at Liberty Place

Ai Ramen is now open at Liberty Place

Ai Ramen opens today in the food court at the Shops at Liberty Place. The ramen, bao and sushi quick-serve restaurant is from the same people who have given us the rapidly expanding Hai Street Kitchen and the just opened Wok Street. And for some reason, Wok Street is competing with the opening of Ai Ramen by offering their Asian-inspired bowls for just a dollar between noon and 3 p.m.

Ai Ramen offers four types of ramen, including their signature ramen, spicy miso, garlic butter miso and vegetarian ramen for $10.99.

The menu also features three kinds of bao buns and six sushi rolls that are made at the store. Read more »

Fishtown’s Wine Bars Add Happy Hour

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

ROOT, which opened a bit over two months ago is now rolling out a happy hour. The wine bar and restaurant is offering a 5-6-7-8 happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weeknights. That means there are:

  • $5 snacks and toasts
  • $6 sangria and special wine
  • $7 cheese and salumi plate
  • $8 gin and tonics

ROOT isn’t the only new wine bar in Fishtown as Fishtown Social opened around the same time ROOT did.

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15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Food at the PHS Pop Up on South Street

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several visits.

This week the beer garden begins its full programming with Margarita Mondays and more.

Events and menus at the South Street pop-up »

Jose Garces Kicks Off Summer Programming at Volver

Jose Garces prepping for class at Volver's Summer School

Jose Garces prepping for class at Volver’s Summer School | Photo by Chelsea Portner

We stopped by Volver yesterday as Jose Garces prepped for the first class of his Summer School at Volver. Garces is offering classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays this June and July to offer guests a different way to experience Volver as well as a way to spend some quality time with Garces Group chefs like James Beard Award winner Michael Laiskonis and Philadelphia native and Amada New York chef de cuisine, Justin Bogle.

Tickets are sold out for 9 of the classes already, so if any of the remaining classes appeal to you, like “Chimichurri to Romesco: Exploring the Latin Mother Sauces,” act quickly.

More plans from Jose Garces »

All the Outdoor Locations for Center City Sips

Center City Sips makes it easy to grab a drink outside today.

Independence Beer Garden | Center City Sips makes it easy to grab a drink outside.

Today is the kickoff of Center City Sips, Center City’s collective happy hour. Sips offers $3 beers, $4 wines and $5 cocktails, plus half-priced appetizers every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through the summer.

For this week, we’ve compiled a list of places where you can soak up some vitamin D with that beer, wine or cocktail in hand.

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Kensington Quarters Butcher Heads Out on Her Own

primal supply meats 400Heather Thomason who has been Kensington Quarters’ head butcher and fellow butcher Cecilie May are branching out on their own. The pair have started Primal Supply Meats. The business is committed to providing sustainable, pasture-raised meat to Philadelphia. They will supply primal and custom cuts to restaurants and meat subscriptions to families and individuals. Also look for Primal Supply Meats at High Street Farmers’ Market beginning this Saturday June 4th. High Street Farmers’ Market is located in front of Fork and High Street on Market at 308 Market Street. Hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kensington Quarters, which saw its opening butcher, Bryan Mayer return to New York, has installed chef Damon Menapace to oversee the butcher shop at the restaurant. Menapace and his team will run the operations and build the sales case.

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