First Look: Menu MBKBy Rina Rapuano | January 16, 2014 By Rina Rapuano | January 16, 2014
Chef Frederik De Pue closed his short-lived, seafood-focused Azur in September with the intention of repurposing the Penn Quarter space, and that project comes to fruition starting next Friday. The market portion of Menu MBK - a multipurpose, multilevel dining, market and lounge concept - opens January 24, with the bistro opening January 30 and a six-seat chef's counter beginning February 20.
The Belgian-born chef, who also owns Table in Shaw and 42° Catering, says he consulted the neighborhood about what should occupy the longtime former Café Atlantico space.
“Over and over again, we heard that there was no place within walking distance to shop for fresh produce, baked goods and freshly packaged meals," the chef says in a release. "Given the size of our building, a market made perfect sense - and adding a place for quick, casual bites and drinks along with a chef's table where we can show off the market’s wares lets us provide three very different ways for guests to enjoy our distinct food and beverage program.”
The bistro menu features American takes on brasserie classics ranging from $8 to $25.
The market will be open daily from 9 AM-9 PM. BistroBar will be open daily from 9 AM-close, with the kitchen serving food from 5-10 PM and the bar open from 5 PM-close. Menu Kitchen will be available from 6-8:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday.
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