When the Cafe Atlantico building was purchased, it became known that chef Frederik de Pue was the one not only buying the building, but the one who would be opening a restaurant within its doors. Now, de Pue has released some details about what to expect from Azur, his project bound for 405 8th St. NW.
*The chef hopes to open the restaurant by New Years' Eve.
*The theme is European-style seafood. De Pue knows seafood, having cooked at the Michelin-rated Sea Grill in Brussels, among other locations. The seafood sold at the restaurant will be from sustainable purveyors: expect items like tiger prawns, oysters and crab.
*Seafood dishes will be both traditional (moules frites) and modern (a new spin on Pesce al Sale) and there will be some meat and vegetarian offerings as well.
*There's a raw bar slated for the third floor of the building.
*Pastry chef Kieu-Linh Nguyen will make desserts for Azur, which will open for dinner initially and add lunch and brunch by spring.
*The bar will have its own seafood-focused menu, and Jon Arroyo of Founding Farmers is designing the cocktail menu. Teaism is providing the tea.
*Architect Natascha Folens of NF Interiors is designing the 6,000 square foot space in ocean coloring, using handcrafted furniture and simple lighting. The space seats 135, plus an oyster bar with seating for six (where Minibar used to be).