Frederik De Pue, Chef/Owner of Table and 42° Catering, is already closing down his modern seafood restaurant in Penn Quarter. And it’s happening Friday!
Immediately after the last dinner service, De Pue will start a brief revamp before opening Menu, a combined market/restaurant/bar concept.
“The decision to revamp the format is part business and part personal,” says De Pue, “I love the Azur concept, but it wasn’t a perfect fit for a space that size, and as both the owner and the chef, I am in a position where I can make necessary changes quickly. I want to build something that this neighborhood is lacking, and that is also more warm and welcoming – something that reflects my passion for clean, uncomplicated comfort food. The Penn Quarter area doesn’t have an active market where customers can gather to shop, meet and eat, and that’s exactly what I am trying to create with Menu.”
Look for the first floor to sell boutique grocery items and fresh local farm produce like sauces, gelato, charcuterie, cured and smoked fish, a fresh herb rotisserie, sandwiches and pre-made meals from Menu’s kitchen. There will also be a barista for coffee service and to serve up beans from local roasters. Upstairs, a lounge fills the center floor, which becomes a wine bar in the evening.