Nick Sanfratello has done a little of this and a little of that. He was an early adopter of vegan cuisine with World Cafe on Fourth Street near South a quarter-century ago.
His next stops were in what we now know as Southwest Center City, where he operated clubs/bars Café Limbo and the Bongo Room.
More recently, he opened Nick's Vegan Cafe in a Strawberry Mansion building he bought in 2006, across from Fairmount Park and next to the John Coltrane House.
Now, Sanfratello is in the soft-opening phase of Bruncheria, which is exactly how it sounds: a weekend-only spot open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It's for omnivores. While Sanfratello offers tofu scramble and seitan cheesesteak, bacon is spoken here.
Menu hits the basics: breakfast platters, burritos, quesadillas, wraps. You can eat very well for two people for $25, he told me. Grand opening will be Sept. 6.
Decor is colorful and kitschy. Old TV shows play on the tube. He hopes to have neighborhood gatherings there in his off-hours.
The building, which has nice city views, is at 1507 N. 33rd St. (215-235-1111), a half-mile from the Philadelphia Zoo.
(Post edited to correct neighborhood)