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Aromes to close as owner focuses on new restaurant

Aromes, the petite French restaurant in Hampden, will close its doors Saturday as the owner prepares to open a second restaurant downtown.

Chef and owner Steve Monnier will close Aromes on Saturday. He announced the closure on Facebook Oct. 27.

“In order to completely focus on my family first and then on Chez Hugo, I have decided to close Aromes on November 11th,” he wrote.

Monnier is opening Chez Hugo, a new French bistro at 206 E. Redwood St. near Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.

Aromes opened in 2015 at 3520 Chestnut Ave., and Monnier put the restaurant on the market late last year in anticipation of opening Chez Hugo.

When Aromes debuted, it offered a tasting menu of three or six courses, without an a-la-carte menu. In May, Aromes did away with the tasting menu format in favor of a-la-carte dining to test new dishes for Chez Hugo, which was then expected to open in December.

“I wanted to thanks everyone who have been supported us these past 3 years, it has been an amazing experience with ups and downs,” Monnier wrote in the Facebook post. “At the end I learned a lot and I am still learning.”

Monnier could not immediately be reached for further comment.


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