Construction begun on Steven Starr’s newest restaurant

Future home of Serpico

Construction has begun on celebrity restaurateur Steven Starr’s new restaurant at 604 South St. Called “Serpico,” the new 52-seat restaurant will be directed by executive chef Peter Serpico, whose surname will grace the marque. Most recently of Manhattan’s hugely popular Momofuku, where he served as culinary director, Serpico is expected to bring a similar style and feel to his newest venture. It’s likely that the menu will bear similarities to Momofuku’s, and dinner will be accompanied by drinks from an on-premise bar.

Serpico is the largest development project in the Headhouse District, and is poised to revitalize flagging development and reverse a slow burn of closing commercial properties on South Street.

604 South St. previously housed a Foot Locker store, and is one in a trio shuttered commercial properties on the southwest corner of 6th and South, including the former Walgreens next door.

In previous incarnations, the retail space also served as a pop-up gallery and store for the “Dumpster Divers,” an artists’ collective that counted Isaiah Zagar among its members, and “Phantom Hand,” a modern-art pop-up. Local artist Adam Mazur’s mural “Spirit Tower” currently hangs in the windows in place of the requisite “Under Construction” craft paper.

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