Michael Pasquarello's camp has released more details about Buckminster's, the "neo-bistro" that is shaping up for an opening "later this fall" at 21st and Federal Streets in Point Breeze. It will take the space long occupied by a shot-and-beer called Burg's Lounge.
First off, know that "neo-bistro" applies to the new wave of European restaurants, particularly in Paris, focused on traditional, yet original dishes, inspired by local, seasonal ingredients and served in a casual atmosphere. Think of it as a seasonal gastropub.
The 40-seater (plus 14-seat bar) will be an ode to Buckminster Fuller, the architect, designer and inventor of the geodesic dome. One wall at Buckminster's near the entrance will be covered by a black-and-white mural of his drawings, including his portrait. Design will use a midcentury color palette of dark and light greens, reclaimed wall accents, wooden tables, vintage classroom desk chairs, cushioned banquettes, and black tile floors. Pendant lighting of geometric shapes will hang over the bar, covered by brass and topped with pink Formica, facing antique walnut bar shelving.
Executive chef Rob Marzinsky is still in menu-development phase; he will keep prices between $2 and $21.
Among the dishes he's tossing around are sunchoke fries with horseradish and sorrel; charred squid with espelette, fennel, apple and mint; Keuka Gold potato pierogi with soured cream; "Gram's" stuffed cabbage with Carolina gold rice and beef served with a pepper-pot sauce (beef sourced from sister restaurant Kensington Quarters); "Ham and cheese" served on spelt brioche bread with Valley Shepherd Somerset cheese, Lebanon bologna, sunny egg and husk cherry mostarda; turkey mole with charred corn cakes, Dutch beans and salsa; and pork and apples served in broth with smoked pork shoulder, apples, sauerkraut and mustard.
Cocktails ($10 to $15) will appear on a drink menu with six draft wines and eight draft beers with a few bottled varieties.
Buckminster's will be open for dinner daily, beginning at 5 p.m. Brunch and lunch will begin shortly after opening.