Pop-Up Alert: Federik De Pue Previews His Next Restaurant

Try Menu, set to open in early 2014.

Chef Frederik De Pue will preview his new restaurant, Menu, at his current one, Table. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Come December, you can get a taste of Menu at Table—and no, we don’t mean Table’s menu. Chef Frederik De Pue—who’s fond of naming restaurants after the inanimate objects within—is set to debut his next venture, called Menu, in January. Guests can get a sneak preview during a three-day pop-up at his Shaw bistro December 9 through 11.

The upcoming market/wine bar/restaurant will be housed in the same lofty Penn Quarter space where De Pue briefly operated Azur. The ground floor will operate as a specialized grocery and coffee bar, while the upper levels provide more of a sit-down experience with a wine bar and restaurant. Dishes from the latter will be previewed at Table in a three-course $45 menu, including desserts from newly hired pastry chef Jason Gehring (formerly the fried-dough master at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken). Will Menu boast an in-house bakery (called Oven) for European-style beignets? We can only hope so.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.