So back in December, after Peche at Sherman Mills, a Peachtree & Ward-owned venue in Philadelphia, shut down, we reached out to some of our wedding-planning friends and rounded up some other Philly venues that are similar to that space in both size and aesthetic.
We hope that helped some of the couples who got displaced by that whole turn of events—but what we’re even happier about is this piece of news that might help them out even more: the Peche space is opening back up this spring as Moulin!
The building is now under new ownership, and Brûlée Catering (one of the city's top caterers for sure, headed up by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix), will be running the entire facility, from managing the booking process to, of course, being the exclusive caterer. To get things rolling, they'll be tackling any outstanding physical issues that once plagued the building (read: the roof), and will then get underway with a few renovations, including a fresh coat of paint. (Basically, though, they will keep the place intact, since what brides tend to love about it is that it is this super cool, 20,000 square-foot industrial space with a neutral palette that allows couples to use it as a sort of blank slate when designing their wedding.)
To start, Brulee is certainly giving top booking priority to any couples with weddings displaced by Peche shutting down—they've even had one couple transition right back into their original date!—which includes moving any who still haven't rebooked a space to any of their other Philly venues (Brulee is also exclusive at the Please Touch Museum, National Constitution Center and Historic Strawberry Mansion, to name a few).
But they're also open for business for any couple who'd like to take a look at the space. Everything, including pricing, is still in development at this point, but we can expect the same lovely culinary experience that Brulee delivers elsewhere, from sit-down dinner options and drinks custom-blended by their mixologist to chef-manned stations such as their Japanese Yakimono station or cool Speakeasy set-up.
When the building was built in 1862, it was a mill that created blankets and uniforms for soldiers fighting in the Civil War, so when the name Moulin was suggested at a Brulee meeting—it's the French word for "mill," and, of course, invokes thoughts of the Moulin Rouge (which, having personally drank champagne there, I can attest is a fun place for a party)—they just knew it was perfect.
We're pretty pumped to see the place back in action! Think you'll check it out?