A french brasserie set in a converted historic pump house with a huge outdoor patio.
Although Philly was waiting for the arrival of a Nor’easter, it wasn’t supposed to start snowing until 11pm so we headed out to explore. The evening’s quest was a restaurant known as La Peg, recommended by our friend, Matt Money, the bartender. Great choice!
Recently opened in the fall 2014 it is new on the scene. La Peg is housed in the Fringe Arts Building on Columbus Boulevard underneath the expansive and illuminated Ben Franklin Bridge. Inside, the industrial chic space is cavernous. It was previously a pump house with snaking pipes, heavy chains, iron beams and valved tanks overhead. A chunky clock the size of a mack truck tire is suspended in an iron grid.
The windows stretch from the ground to the second-floor rooftop, with views of the bridge, the Delaware River and the snow! On the sidewalk, diners wearing heels stepped gingerly on the ice. Patrons dined on the main floor or in the loft above the exposed kitchen. All seats at the bar were filled so we waved hello to Money and found a two-top in the corner.
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A five-piece band “Arty and the Hot Katz” entertained the crowd. One of the musicians was enwrapped in a sousaphone–the marching band instrument that resembles a tuba! The five guys wearing hats–bowler, fedora, cap– produced instrumental covers of famous rock and roll tunes…More Than A Feeling by Boston, Pinball Wizard by The Who, Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers. Dare I say, it was comical to see and hear a sousaphone and violin producing classic rock tunes instead of guitars. But, their sound was fantastic and the customers clapped loudly after every set. Bravo!
We left early to beat the snow storm and next time we need to try out the menu.
Address: 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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