Peter Woolsey’s FringeArts Brasserie Gets a Name
We’ve known Peter Woolsey who owns Bistrot La Minette is opening a brasserie at the FringeArts building on Delaware Avenue for awhile now. But some new details (and renderings) have emerged. The restaurant will be named La Peg, an homage to Woolsey’s French father-in-law, whose nicknames for his daughters have been adopted by the chef. Woolsey’s explains, “he calls my wife ‘La Peg’ and my sister-in-law “La Minette.'”
La Peg is being designed by architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group under David Fierabend. The restaurant, which will have 100 interior seats, full bar with seating for twelve, plus outdoor seating for 40.
Woolsey explains the concept as going back to the original definition of brasserie. “People associate ‘brasserie’ with fancy French food but historically the concept was much more casual: Brasseries began as German-style beer halls that served comfort food and brought people together in an informal, relaxed setting. I’m looking forward to playing off the brasserie’s original intention as a fun, social meeting place.”
FringeArts’ 10,000-square-foot waterfront building opened to the public in October 2013, featuring a 240-seat theater, rehearsal and creation studio and administrative offices. The completion of La Peg and its outdoor plaza are targeted to happen in conjunction with the 18th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, taking place September 5th to 21st, 2014.
La Peg [Foobooz]