Photo from Shanghai Today
So it seems that despite an ultimatum from their landlord, Azul is not closing up shop come this Monday. According to manager David Begg, “Azul has been given a stay of execution and will now be open for another six months!”
“Since informing all of Shanghai that we wouldn’t be fighting the end of our lease, our landlord has offered us an extension,” Begg said. “We will be closing after Sunday brunch this weekend (January 30th) for some overdue maintenance, and re-opening in time for Valentine’s Day.” Azul’s new lease on life will be a six-month testing ground for some of Eduardo Vargas’ new ideas.
This is probably good news for Madison too, whose owner chef (and City Weekend writer) Austin Hu has been vehemently denying that the restaurant will be closing.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Latitude/Longitude down the street, whose owner says they’ll be remaking the space into a Greek restaurant. Also closing/renovating, according to SmartShanghai, is Shoka/Cantine/Delish of Yanping Lu and the Haya’s on Hongmei.
Well… luckily it seems like nothing really iconic or amazing is going down this time. I can’t remember being impressed with any of those restaurants ever. Meanwhile, there’s been openings aplenty that have been getting rave reviews. Most recently: El Willy’s Ohana received applause from Time Out and That’s Shanghai for bringing a touch of class to the otherwise bland expatty Hongmei Entertainment Street; Vargas’ Chicha has been getting similarly rave reviews; Fount managed to surprise everybody by being both managed by a celebrity and still good; and – for those with less heavy wallets – each magazine I’ve read in the last month has spent some time gushing about how awesome and cheap Media Markt’s cafe is.