Curry and Beer Sundays at Buckminster’s

Congee at Buckminster's brunch.

Congee headlines Buckminster’s brunch.

If you didn’t get your weekend fill of chef Rob Marzinsky’s cooking from his congee headlining brunch, head back to Buckminster’s after 5 p.m. on Sundays for Curry and Beer.

Each Sunday, Marzinsky creates two-or-three special curries with one of the curries being paired with a special hoppy beer for $15. Buckminster’s full dinner menu is also available on Sundays.

Also and Sundays and through Thursdays, the Point Breeze bistro offers late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight. The happy hour includes $3 select drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 select wines and an abbreviated dinner menu.

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Buckminster’s Launches Brunch

Photo via Buckminsters

Photo via Buckminster’s

Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze is adding weekend brunch. Chef Rob Marzinsky’s menu includes eggs, sweets plus some of hits off of the dinner menu. If we were ordering right now we’d be torn between the intriguing Caroline rice and pork congee sauerkraut with fried onions, chilies and a soft egg or the “Bologna and Cheese” that is served with spelt bread, Ely Farm cheese, Lebanon Bologna, sunny side up egg and cranberry mostarda.

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Is This the New Nodding Head?

Photo of a brewpub in South Philadelphia | Photo via LPMG Properties

Photo of a brewpub in South Philadelphia | Photo via LPMG Properties

A tipster tells the Passyunk Post he spotted what looked to be an under construction brewpub at 1939 South Bancroft Street (just about a block from South Philadelphia Tap Room). The Post ties the property to John Longacre (owner of SPTR, American Sardine Bar and Brew) via West Broad Properties Fund. That corporation shares the same address as Longacre’s LPMG Properties.

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American Sardine Bar Is Celebrating Its 4th Anniversary

American Sardine Bar - Vintage Sign

Remember way back when (say, five years ago) when long-time residents of Point Breeze tried to stop real estate developer John Longacre from turning the former Wander Inn into a craft beer bar? Their fears of gentrification delayed the opening of American Sardine Bar by at least a year.

But open it did, and fans of Longacre’s landmark South Philly Tap Room a few blocks away now had another place to drink high-end beer from cans and curb their munchies with fried PB&J sandwiches. Things haven’t gotten much easier for Longacre–what with community members trying to shut down his Point Breeze Beer Garden this summer–but at least the Sardine Bar still stands, four years after opening.

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Early Look at Buckminster’s Menu

buckminsters-logo-400Buckminster’s, the “neo-bistro” from Michael Pasquarello (Kensington Quarters, Bufad, Prohibition Taproom, Cafe Lift) with chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen is set to open at 21st and Federal on Sunday, November 15th.

We have an early look at the menu that tops out at $21 per plate and includes items inspired from Marzinsky’s recent travels and heritage.

And though dinner service kicks off on Sunday, Buckminster’s is hosting an open house with complimentary food and a cash bar on Saturday, November 14th from 6:30 pm. to 10 p.m.

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Developer Says Cafe “Took a Crap” All Over Opportunity

Looks like this location will be available in 2016.

Looks like this location will be available in 2016.

On the eve of an election day, this wasn’t exactly the drama we were expecting out of Point Breeze but it does involve Ori Feibush of OCF Realty, so there is that. A Craigslist post went up offering Breezy’s Cafe location at 1200 Point Breeze Avenue for rent. The ad sets the availability of the space as October, 2016. This was a surprise to Point Breeze residents as the cafe was a welcome addition and seems to have a loyal following.

On Friday, October 30th, Breezy’s owner Kristin Wolack responded to an article about the spot’s potential closure saying that they are not closing but are looking for another location in Point Breeze. In her Facebook post, Wolack cites issues with heating and cooling in the building as well as issues with water leaks. Breezy’s landlord is Feibush.

Yesterday, Feibush went to Facebook to respond to questions he’s received about pushing Breezy’s out and why he couldn’t make things work out. According to Feibush, he put $150,000 into the building, provided a year of free rent and covered Breezy’s security deposit to get the cafe open. Feibush feels that,”rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.”

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Fire at South Philly’s Sky Cafe


Flames were pouring out of the second floor windows above South Philadelphia’s Sky Cafe. Social media documented the scene as the building housing the Indonesian restaurant at 1540 Ritner Street burned this afternoon.
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Details On Buckminster’s In Point Breeze

Rob Marzinsky at the upcoming Buckminster'sSee that guy over there? That’s Rob Marzinsky and he’s going to be running the kitchen at Buckminster’s when it opens sometime later this fall at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze.

We’ve been looking forward to this place for quite some time now. It’s replacing Burg’s, a neighborhood bar that’s been in the space forever, and will be bringing to the ‘hood seasonal, market-driven menus that change frequently, a bistro vibe, craft cocktails, 14 taps pouring eight beers and six wines, and a seven-day-a-week schedule with late hours at the bar. Right from the start, owner Michael Pasquarello has been comparing his and Marzinsky’s concept to a new wave of Parisian and European bistros where young chefs are rethinking traditional menus and bringing casual, personal gastropub influences to their kitchens.

There’s even a name for this new style. They call it…

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Green Changes In Store for Point Breeze and East Poplar

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Years from now, when all is said and done, Philadelphia will have reduced the stormwater pollution entering its rivers and streams by an estimated 85 percent. At least, this is what the city hopes to achieve by implementing projects from its Green City, Clean Waters plan, a program spearheaded by the Philadelphia Water Department.

This week, the ambitious plan rears its head in East Poplar and Point Breeze where residents are set to hear updated green infrastructure improvement plans slated for their respective neighborhoods.

In the case of East Poplar, earlier community feedback was used to inform plans for green stormwater infrastructure surrounding the East Poplar Playground, athletic field, and area streets.

“Our goal is to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater entering local sewers that connect to the Delaware River with green tools that beautify the area – but we’re working with neighbors to make sure that doesn’t impact community gardens or people playing sports on the field,” says PWD’s Philly Watersheds Blog, whose representatives will be meeting with neighbors on the plans’ progress Wednesday, October 14th.

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