FringeArts And Chef Peter Woolsey Break Ground On La Peg, The New Restaurant To Debut At The Waterfront Performing Arts Venue This September

After more than a decade of annually bringing cutting-edge performing and visual arts to venues all across Philadelphia, FringeArts built a permanent home on the Delaware River waterfront. This fall, chef Peter Woolsey joins FringeArts to present La Peg, a brand-new on-site brasserie. (Rendering courtesy Groundswell Design Group)

Last fall, FringeArts welcomed the public to its brand-new year-round home on the Delaware River waterfront – kicking off its inaugural performing arts season with past Philadelphia Fringe Festival hits, international works and incredible shows from talented locals.

Housed in the former firehouse pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River waterfront, the cavernous space has been transformed into an bona fide arts destination with a 232-seat theater and 830 square feet of rehearsal studio space.

But beyond the spaces made for performing arts, FringeArts also promised a home for the culinary arts, too.

Now, development has officially begun on the freshly named La Peg at FringeArts, a full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey, whose Gallic charmer Bistrot La Minette has been an anchor in Queen Village since its 2008 opening.

Set to open in conjunction with the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which will run September 5-21, La Peg will bring casual French dining to the waterfront venue.

Chef Woolsey plans to serve informal brasserie-style fare, and the space is set to retain its industrial feel. Architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group have designed a space with exposed metal work, a contemporary color palette and an indoor-outdoor layout with seating for more than 100, a full bar with a dozen seats and outdoor seating for 40.

Still to come: an outdoor plaza that’s planned to do triple duty with outdoor seating for La Peg, a community gathering place and an alfresco performance site.

Inspired to check out FringeArts this spring? The venue’s performing arts season continues next week with the Sun Ra tribute A Beautiful Noise on Friday, June 6, following by a free series showcasing work-in-progress by The Berserker Residents on June 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Check out the renderings below for a look at what’s to come, and for tickets to the shows and more information on what’s in store for FringeArts, check here.

La Peg at FringeArts
When: Opening in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 5-21
Where: 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
More info: www.livearts-fringe.org

The interior of La Peg will include seating for 100 and a full bar. (Image courtesy Groundswell Design Group)

The industrial feel of the former pumping station will carry through in the aesthetic of La Peg at FringeArts. (Image courtesy Groundswell Design Group)

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