Bistrot La Minette’s Peter Woolsey checked in earlier today to tell us that his bar expansion project that we told you about back in January is complete. The new bar doubles the seating capacity of its predecessor — from four seats to eight — and with the addition of two high-top tables, it’s shaping up to be more of proper bar than simply a space for guests to cool their heels while waiting to be seated. “I never really thought of Bistrot La Minette as palce to go for cocktails,” Woolsey told Grub Street. “But I would love to cultivate a little bar scene here. I just told the guys around the corner at Southwark that I was changing our name to Northwark.”
In preparation of the newly expanded bar, which he built by hand using mostly salvaged and repurposed materials, Woolsey’s been stocking as much “weird stuff” (i.e. special liquor order items) from France as he can get his hands on. As mentioned before, he plans to offer more than eight different types of Kir cocktails with specialty French liqueurs he’s ordered from the LCB, and five different types of Pastis aperitifs as well as a very rare for Pennsylvania Vin Jaune.