Last fall, one of Philadelphia’s foremost contemporary arts organizations, FringeArts, welcomed the public to its new venue, taking the amazing performing arts of the annual Fringe Festival and giving artists a brand-new permanent home on the Delaware River waterfront.
Housed in the former firehouse pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River waterfront, a cavernous space was transformed into an bona fide arts destination with a 232-seat theater and 830 square feet of rehearsal studio space.
Throughout the past year, FringeArts has presented a whole slate of cool programming on its stage, living up to its promise to deliver high-caliber cutting-edge works to Philadelphia audiences year-round.
And now, the final piece of the venue’s development is complete: FringeArts’ destination restaurant La Peg is now open.
A full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey, whose Gallic charmer Bistrot La Minette has been a culinary anchor in Queen Village since its 2008 opening, all signs point to La Peg delivering wonderful waterfront eating, drinking and general merrymaking.
Open to the public as of today, August 25, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening in conjunction with the launch of the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival on Friday, September 5.
Read on for an overview of what to expect when you visit La Peg at FringeArts.
Beyond the spaces made for performing arts, with the opening of La Peg FringeArts is now home to a great new home for the culinary arts, too.
La Peg, modeled on a casual French brasserie, is an indoor-outdoor, come-one-come-all affair designed by architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group with seating for more than 100, two bars and a still-to-come beer garden.
The outdoor beer garden was designed by Groundswell, too, under David Fierabend — who is now a certifiable beer-garden master, with both Spruce Street Harbor Park and Independence Beer Garden to his credit.
Currently the outdoor space is still under construction, but soon the 7,000 square-foot courtyard will welcome guests to sip and snack outdoors with awesome views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and within eyeshot of Race Street Pier and the waters of the Delaware. For those who are longing for another Spruce Street Harbor Park — here’s your answer!
For more on La Peg, see below.
The Food & Drink
Though the atmosphere will certainly impress, chef Peter Woolsey’s French-inspired fare is hardly a second act.
At La Peg, the locally lauded restauranteur stays true to his Gallic culinary disposition with a large menu that will include raw bar options, crowd-pleasing small and large plates — including a loaded Fringe Burger with bacon and caramelized onion marmalade, a red wine reduction and more on a Brioche bun — and a $30 prix-fixe full dinner option.
To drink, belly up for a selection from the full bar, which includes cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle, eight drafts and 30 bottles of both local craft beers and European brews.
As of now, the eatery is open indoors for dinner and bar service, but both lunch and brunch hours (and outdoor seating) are to come.
FringeArts Stage & 2014 Fringe Festival Bar
Of course, no restaurant within a performing arts venue should be without theatrics.
Adding to the ongoing offerings at FringeArts, La Peg’s bar hosts a small stage for cabaret-style music, comedy and theater performances year-round.
During this year’s Fringe Festival, running September 5-21, La Peg will host free late-night Festival Bar programming every night of the Festival.
We expect this addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant and arts scene to receive nothing but a standing ovation.
Now Open: La Peg at FringeArts
When: Open daily for dinner and drinks
Where: 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.lapegbrasserie.com