Peter WOOLSEY opened Bistrot La Minette in 2008 to share his love of hearty French bistro fare with his fellow Philadelphians. The restaurant’s interior was designed by Peter, his wife Peggy (a French national), and Peter’s father John WOOLSEY. The main dining room’s nicotine stained walls are decorated with photos taken by Peggy, a freelance photographer, showing her native country as she sees it. The private dining room features a 17-foot long table, hand built by Peter and John from joists recovered during the building’s renovation. The walls are graced by paintings from Bette WOOLSEY, which were inspired by art nouveau textiles. Family heirlooms from Peter’s French in-laws and bric-a-brac brought from French flea markets give the rooms a casual French countryside feel.
Our goal is for Bistrot La Minette to be accessible to all guests who enjoy superb food and wine, and the company of their companions: hoping to evoke their best memories, or dreams, of traditional French bistro dining.
PETER WOOLSEY Founder & Proprietor
Peter, as an adolescent, started cooking breakfast foods and pasta sauces by his father’s side. On a whim he decided to attend Johnson and Wales for the culinary arts and immediately fell in love with cooking as a profession. In the late 90’s he began his professional career cooking at the Sun Valley Resort and New York’s Waldorf=Astoria. In 2000 he moved to France to study pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. In Paris, Peter worked for the world famous three-star Michelin restaurant, Lucas Carton, under Alain SENDERENS and Frederic ROBERT. In 2002 he moved back to Philadelphia working at George PERRIER’s Le Mas Perrier and the Striped Bass under Alfred PORTALE and Chris LEE. In 2004 he married French native Peggy BAUD-WOOLSEY. In 2008 he opened Bistrot La Minette only five months after the birth of his son Jules. Six years and many accolades later Bistrot La Minette has flourished and Peter has begun work on his next venture expected to open in the fall of 2014.
KENNETH BUSH Executive Chef
Kenneth BUSH grew up cooking by his mother’s side. Though he originally intended on training as a chef, he couldn’t turn down his acceptance to Yale University. After graduating Yale in 2001 he managed restaurants in Maryland and Washington DC. In 2009 he moved to Philadelphia and changed his focus to the kitchen. Here in Philly he spent three years with Bistrot La Minette, working his way up from the garde-manger station to the lead sous chef. In 2011 he won the prestigious Questlove Cook Off. In 2012 he left the bistrot to work for Garces Trading Company as a sous chef. In January 2014 he returned to Bistrot La Minette as the Executive Chef.
LIZ BOLESLAVSKY General Manager
Liz Boleslavsky was born in New York City but spent the majority of her childhood living in Odessa, Ukraine. When she was 11 years old, she and her family moved back to the United States and settled in Center City Philadelphia. She attended Central High School, and then Drexel University where she studied Biology with the intent to pursue a career in science. From the age of seventeen, and all through out college, Liz worked in many restaurants discovering her love and passion for the industry. Starting as a host at a steakhouse in Olde City, Liz gained experience progressing through different positions until eventually becoming a server and bartender. Over the course of a decade she went on to work at The Cambridge, Fitler Dining Room, and Serpico, where she learned about food, beverage and elevated service. In 2014, she was offered an opportunity on the opening staff of Peter Woolsey’s modern brasserie, la peg. in the FringeArts building, as Assistant General Manager and Events Coordinator. While at la peg., Liz handled all of the special events working on events ranging from small cocktail parties, to more grandiose galas and weddings. In February of 2018, after three and a half years at la peg., Liz was promoted to be the General Manager of Bistrot La Minette.