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Penn Quarter Seafood Restaurant Azur Is Closing

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The $40 cocktail was the first to go. Now, Azur, the seafood restaurant that briefly offered the city's most expensive cocktail, is getting the axe itself.

The Post reports that chef Frederik de Pue has decided to close the Penn Quarter spot after Friday night because it wasn't getting "steady enough numbers for the size of the building." The restaurant was only open for about five months. 

De Pue and his investors own that building at 405 8th St. NW and will open a new multiconcept market and eatery in Azur's place called Menu—a name as simple as his Shaw restaurant, Table. A cafe and market will occupy the ground floor with local produce as well sauces, gelato, charcuterie, cured and smoked fish, sandwiches, and more.

The 42-seat top floor (formerly home to six-seat Minibar) will be home to a restaurant resembling Table, according to a press release, with "comforting European country cooking and clean and simple takes on American classics." Wine by the glass at the top floor bar will also be available in the market downstairs, along with a selection of bottled beers. Menu, which will be open for lunch and dinner, is slated to open in January.

In Y&H's February profile of De Pue, the chef said he wanted to turn the building into a seafood restaurant because there was a lack of good ones in D.C. “And I think seafood is one of the most challenging things to do," he said.

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