For the first time since it opened five and a half years ago, there is a new executive chef at Bistrot La Minette. Peter Woolsey is stepping away from the stove to concentrate on his “new restaurant project.” (It’s rumored to be a brasserie in the FringeArts building on the Delaware, but Woolsey is staying mum on the subject.)
New chef will be Kenneth Bush. Bush, who happens to have a degree from Yale, worked at Bistrot La Minette several years ago, eventually becoming sous-chef before departing for the Garces orbit - he most recently ran the kitchen at Garces Trading Company. He’ll take the reins from Woolsey and oversee just about everything at the French dining room, including the popular monthly regional dinners. Expect some of his new creations to appear on the menu at the beginning of spring.
There’s also a chef change-up in West Chester. The Insider has the new that chef John Brandt-Lee is now overseeing the kitchen at Nonna’s. The red-sauce Italian is just a few blocks away from Brandt-Lee’s BYO Avalon, and the plan is actually to move Avalon to this new, bigger, liquor-license-carrying space as soon as this spring. As of right now, both restaurants are still open and serving in their original locations.