FringeArts Restaurant Going to Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette


The new FringeArts venue at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard opened back in October and has hosted a handful of shows since then. But the restaurant/bar component that FringeArts head Nick Stuccio has promised is still very much in the works. Now, we can confirm that Bistrot La Minette chef/owner Peter Woolsey will be in command of the kitchen.


No one will talk about the restaurant on-the-record, but multiple sources have confirmed that Woolsey (pictured) is going to be running the show.

And a since-deleted post on the website for FringeArts architect Groundswell Design Group read as follows:

The design concept is based around the French brasserie-themed décor. Notable French cuisine expert, Chef Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette, will be manning the kitchen. Groundswell will be designing both the indoor and outdoor spaces, both slated to open the summer of 2014.

Woolsey offered a “no comment”, and a FringeArts spokesperson said she couldn’t confirm. But one source familiar with the project says to expect a “menu similar to every other brasserie in the world: raw bar, salads, soups, tartares…” According to that source, the opening keeps getting pushed back, but August is a possibility. No name has been decided.

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  • Nightman

    Strange concept for a fringe outpost. I was expecting something more fun and appealing to a broader crowd but hell go for it.

  • Dayman

    No one cares what you think Nightman. There are millions of people who live in the Philly area. It’s what they think.

    • Charlie

      Dayman *AHHHHAA*, fighter of the Nightman *AHHHHAA*

  • TheaterGoer

    I agree. A brasserie sounds kind of traditional and a little square for a place interested in cutting edge theater. I wonder why everything is still so hush hush and why it is all taking so long.

  • Guest

    idia legray

    • Idia Legray

      Does this mean that Woolsey will no longer be chef aat Bistrot La Minette?
      Say it ain’t so mama!

      • someguy

        Woosley rarely cooks anything in his restaurant.

        • Idia Legray

          Is that really true some guy? Then who IS the chef at Bistrot La Minette? Because, I want that name for future reference in case he/she decides to leave.