We are an authentic, all-day French café in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. We serve fast, affordable, delectable French café cuisine, from onion soup and beef tartare to salads Niçoise and Lyonnaise to French sandwiches like Pan Bagnat and Croque Madame. Our menu changes frequently, to reflect the seasons and our favorite café classics.


We are located in the Hanover North Broad building, steps from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the historic Divine Lorraine, SEPTA's Broad Street Line (Race / Vine), and Philadelphia's magnificent City Hall.


Our design, developed by Stokes Architecture, is an homage to the 1930’s French Art Deco period, featuring neon and brass accents and a Man Ray inspired mural, as well as photography by Peggy Woolsey.

We are open daily, and also available for semi-private and private events. For more information, please contact our team directly: gabi@gabirestaurant.com. 


KENNETH BUSH grew up cooking by his mother’s side in Mount Vernon, New York. Though he originally intended to train as a chef, he couldn’t turn down his acceptance to Yale University - though he stayed involved in the culinary industry, working at a local creperie, which he took over as kitchen manager and business manager until deciding to move to the Maryland/DC area in 2002. While working as both the GM and kitchen manager of a restaurant in 2009, Kenneth realized that his passion for food was still strong, and decided to move to Philadelphia and changed his focus to the kitchen. In Philadelphia, he spent three years at Bistrot La Minette, where he worked his way up from the garde-manger station to the lead sous chef. In 2012, Kenneth left Bistrot to work for Garces Trading Company as a sous chef. In January 2014, he returned to Bistrot La Minette as the Executive Chef.  Over the next five years, Kenneth worked diligently to create a culture of consistency at Bistrot La Minette, focusing on ensuring that the guest experience is perfect and consistent from visit to visit. He brings that same attention to every detail to Gabi.


PETER WOOLSEY was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Educated in culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI, he cut his teeth in stylish restaurants in Palm Beach, Florida and Sun Valley, Idaho. After a year at New York’s prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Peter moved to France to study pastry. Living in France and studying at Paris’s Le Cordon Bleu was a life-changing time for Peter. He learned to speak the language fluently and received a hands-on education about food and, more particularly, about the myriad styles of French food. During his time in France, he worked at the world-famous Michelin 3-star restaurant Lucas Carton in Paris under Chef de Cuisine Fredèrique Robert and owner Alain Senderens. On his return to the United States in 2002, Peter worked in several Philadelphia institutions, including La Mas Perrier, The Striped Bass, and Washington Square. In 2008, Peter opened Bistrot La Minette, an authentic French Bistrot in the city's cozy Queen Village neighborhood. In 2014, he opened La Peg in the lively FringeArts building across from Race Street Pier on Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. La Peg was named "Best American Restaurant" by Philadelphia magazine.


BRAD HISTAND was born and raised in Quakertown, PA, but spent many of his early childhood days in the restaurants and pizzerias that his grandfather owned in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He learned to cook at a young age in those establishments while working for his grandfather; his main responsibilities included drinking as much soda as humanly possible, playing with pizza dough, and building up the hoagie prep for Saturday and Sunday lunch services. Somewhere along the way, his grandfather taught him valuable lessons in those restaurants, and food and hospitality naturally became part of his personality. After working in many different restaurants over the years, Brad earned his degree in Hospitality from Temple University.  Shortly after, he joined the team at Bistrot La Minette, where he met Kenneth and Peter. First, Brad served as a Captain and Events Coordinator at Bistrot La Minette; later, he spent five years as the General Manager. Next, Brad moved to La Peg to serve as the General Manager, where he spent a further five years running the operation and seamlessly integrating the culinary side of the restaurant with the arts and events culture of the neighboring FringeArts Theater.