Photo from Shanghai Today
Ah the shame – it looks like Dongping Lu’s days as a middle-to-high end food street are nearing an end. According to managers at Azul, the Vargas-backed Spanish tapas turned Peruvian restaurant, the lease is up and the landlords, ICBC (who knew?), want to turn the entire building into a “private club and spa for tired bank managers.”
The place has been a stalwart of the Shanghai expat dining scene for the last eight years – amongst other notable things, other expat restaurant maven Kelley Lee got her start there. FnB manager David Begg says Vargas has no plans to move it anywhere else, so January will be the last time you can “dine at Azul.” He wasn’t sure what would happen to the other restaurants located there, such as Berry Garden or Austin Hu’s Madison.
While closings happen all the time in Shanghai, has anyone else felt like the last couple months have been especially harsh for food and beverage outlets? Since Logo’s shut down at the end of October, we’ve seen The Nut, Laris, Mesa/Manifesto, Southern Barbarian Lujiazui and even frickin’ Tony Roma’s go down (seriously, I thought they’d made some sort of deal with the devil to live forever).
What will they take from us next?!