The Kensington Quarters Team
MICHAEL & JENIPHUR PASQUARELLO
CEO & Co-Owner of 13th Street Kitchens
Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello are the co-founders and husband & wife team behind 13th Street Kitchens, an acclaimed restaurant collective run by a tight knit family of impassioned food and beverage experts and enthusiasts in Philadelphia. The Pasquarellos have known each other most of their lives, fortuitously meeting during elementary school in South Philly.
Fresh out of school, the two were drawn to the hospitality industry and in their early 20’s, Michael and then girlfriend Jeniphur opened their first of many restaurants, Café Lift in 2003. Café Lift brought high-quality, seasonal breakfast and brunch staples to Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood. An unexpected move for a restauranteur at the time, Michael and Jeniphur saw potential in the area and a void in the marketplace for a true neighborhood restaurant with an atmosphere that was casual, chef-driven, and inviting. After opening Café Lift, the duo also established their brand as 13th Street Kitchens - the umbrella under which the Café and all upcoming projects would fall under. All of 13th Street Kitchens’ concepts are unified through their shared passion for seasonal and local food and beverage, high-integrity sourcing, and genuine hospitality.
After marrying in 2007, Michael and Jeniphur would double down on their commitment to the neighborhood - identifying and fulfilling a need for the same level of quality that made Café Lift a success, but under a pub-style food concept. Prohibition Taproom opened to much acclaim in 2008 as one of the first concepts of the speakeasy revival-era. Today, Prohibition Taproom is lauded for having one of Philadelphia’s most compelling beer and cider lists, an extensive American bistro menu, and a dedicated vinyl night that plays to the nostalgia of the bar.
In 2014, Michael and Jeniphur expanded 13th Street Kitchens across the city to Fishtown with the opening of Kensington Quarters. Praised by Eater Philly as “business in the front, party in the back, Kensington Quarters was the first of it’s kind in offering true farmhouse food in the area, spotlighting the highest quality meats, produce, and cocktails.
Later in 2018, the Pasquarellos applied the same mentality behind Kensington Quarters to the fast-casual segment, with the opening of KQ Burger in University City’s Franklin’s Table. Later that same year, the group brought it’s celebrated Café Lift brand to the main line with a location in Narberth. 13th Street Kitchens plans to continue to grow in Philadelphia with several new concepts - slated for 2020.
General Manager of Kensington Quarters
Katie Carr is the General Manager of Fishtown’s celebrated Kensington Quarters. The Rhode Island native found her way into the world of hospitality early, bussing private parties before she was technically considered old enough to work. After stints at ice cream and coffee shops throughout high school, followed by college breaks spent working at Spirito’s in East Providence, Katie knew food and beverage was her true calling. The Temple grad earned her chops learning under Ed Hackett at Pub and Kitchen The Diving Horse before accepting a role at Fitler Dining Room where she started as a server and worked her way up to General Manager. She later worked at The Fat Ham University City before joining the 13th Street Kitchen’s family in October of 2017. Originally Kensington Quarters’ Events Coordinator, Katie transitioned to the role of GM in October 2018. She lives in Port Richmond with her husband, Dan Carr, their yellow lab Otis, golden retriever Frankie Taco. and kitten Charlie. When she’s not working front of house, she’s cooking at home and taking her dogs to the beach or out for a hike.
Executive Chef of Kensington Quarters
Matt Harper brings almost a decade of culinary experience to Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters where he serves as the restaurant’s Executive Chef. Kensington Quarters is beloved for its hyper-local sourcing, sustainability, and whole animal approach to cooking, all of which Harper champions in his seasonally-driven menus. Prior to joining the team at 13th Street Kitchens, Harper worked as Chef de Cuisine at multiple James Beard Foundation award winner, Zahav, in Philadelphia, and before that, in the kitchen of Hugh Acheson’s acclaimed Empire State South in Atlanta. Harper’s talent has been recognized nationally and locally, earning him a Zagat “30 Under 30” nod and the title of Philly Star Chef 2019. Harper currently resides in Spring Garden, PA with his girlfriend and two cats. In his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking, foraging and spending time in his home garden.
Head Butcher at Kensington Quarters
Stephen Francisco is Kensington Quarters’ Head Butcher and expert on the art of butchery. Hailing from New Jersey, Francisco got his start at Foragers Market in Dumbo, Brooklyn where he learned to butcher whole pigs, make sausage and started his education in meat. He relocated to Philadelphia to further his studies under head butchers around the city. During this time, Francisco learned how to butcher whole pork, beef, lamb, and goat as well as adding charcuterie skills to his repertoire. Francisco joined the Kensington Quarters team full-time in 2018 and is the lead on all proteins and butchery. He also curates a small retail space which features his house made scrapple and bacon. Francisco currently resides in South Philly. Outside of Kensington Quarters, he can be found playing in his band Mavis the Dog, going for bike rides or relaxing over a plate of nachos from Tamalex.
Sommelier at Kensington Quarters
Megan Storm, a Pennsylvania native, is Kensington Quarters’ sommelier and in-house wine connoisseur. Prior to joining the Kensington Quarters team, Storm worked her way up the ranks of several notable concepts throughout Philadelphia including Fish, a.kitchen and Sbraga. Storm began representing wine for Zev Rovine Selections during her time at Sbraga, eventually leading her to manage the portfolio for Artisan’s Cellar. While with Artisan’s Cellar, Storm travelled throughout Europe and was granted opportunities to meet with various winemakers, visit their vineyards and to learn directly from the makers. Artisan’s Cellar also facilitated Storm’s introduction to Kensington Quarters with Artisan’s Cellar serving as the sole distributor for the restaurant’s opening. In 2012, Storm received her Certified Sommelier status from the Guild of Sommeliers. Storm ensures every guests’ experience is warm and memorable whether they are interested in a single glass of wine or paired wines for a multi-course meal. An eternal student, Storm is continuously studying and learning more about wine to bring new insight to Kensington Quarters. Outside of Kensington Quarters, Storm actively serves as a Senior Food Access Fellow with the Office of Homeless Services and is pursuing a degree in Community Development and Finance at Temple University. In her free time, she can be found spending time at her home in Olde Richmond, with her friends and family, exploring new cuisine, practicing mindfulness and giving back to her community through volunteer work.