We at least have a rough idea of the opening of Gabi, chef Peter Woolsey’s long-in-the-works all-day French cafe/bar on North Broad Street.
Gabi is now penciled in for a fall opening (perhaps October) on the ground floor of the Hanover North Broad, a new apartment building at 339 N. Broad St., between Vine and Callowhill Streets. (It’s just north of Roman Catholic High School and between the Packard Building and the Pennsylvania Ballet’s new studios, and a block from the forthcoming Philadelphia police headquarters in the old Inquirer-Daily News Building.)
Woolsey, who owns Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village and La Peg at the FringeArts on the Delaware riverfront, is partnered with La Minette executive chef Kenneth Bush and La Peg general manager Brad Histand.
In a ’40s Parisian Art Deco atmosphere designed by Stokes Architecture, they’re going for a French diner motif and prices topping out at $20.
The day will start at 7 a.m. with oeufs, house-baked pastries, and coffee drinks.
Lunch/dinner will feature French onion soup, Nicoise salad, escargots, steak tartare, a croque madame, steak frites (the outlier at $25), and duck confit.
Full bar will focus on classic French cocktails such as the French 75; an assortment of French liqueurs, aperitifs and digestifs; a selection of French and domestic beers; and what is billed as an affordable list of mostly French wines by the glass and by the bottle.
Stokes Architecture did the design.