Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cafe Atlantico Space Gets an Owner

405 8th Street has housed Cafe Atlantico, Minibar, and America Eats all under Jose Andres' direction.  Soon, there will be a new sheriff in town: chef Frederik De Pue.  De Pue has plans to open a new restaurant by the end of this year.

The restaurant doesn't yet have a concept, but he says "it will be something new for Penn Quarter that doesn't currently exist." We like the sound of that.  De Pue currently owns Table, a restaurant in Shaw described as "seasonal and casual fare."

Don't expect a lot of construction to the space - "just a facelift" - and removing Minibar's six seats.  We'll be watching for concept, menu and opening date.

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