Heirloom, the latest effort from Robert Bynum and Chef Al Paris that Grub mentioned was opening later this week, is going to debut on Friday. The 50-seat BYOB will feature a regularly changing menu that’s focused on American regional cuisines, with an emphasis placed on local, organic and sustainable ingredients. The veteran chef whose opened scores of restaurants here in Philly, Atlantic City and out on the West Coast over the course of his career, says the restaurant’s menu shouldn’t be viewed as a concept or trend, but rather a set of principles and techniques he adheres to and stands behind. “I haven’t done a menu like this since I did La Belle Helene in Napa back in the eighties,” Paris told Grub Street. “Since coming back to Philadelphia, I’ve always done high volume restaurants. This in contrast is such a pleasure.”
Working primarily with indigenous ingredients, and heirloom techniques Paris’ opening menu has a strong East Coast influence, but he said that will change frequently. By his estimate the menu will undergo minor tweaks on a weekly basis, with bigger changes monthly. With the change in seasons, he will overhaul it entirely.
“It’s going to be like the Constitution,” Paris jokes. “It will be a living document.”
Below is Heirloom’s preliminary menu.
Heirloom, 8705 Germantown Ave., no phone yet.