Steakhouse Swap: Azul restaurant closes doors on Prospect Street; Donovan’s to relocate there from UTC La Jolla

The notice — posted on the door of Azul and on its website Sept. 4 — confirms rumors circulating around La Jolla the past three months.

Donovan’s General Manager Steve Josefski said Donovan’s will most likely remain in its current location at 4340 La Jolla Village Drive until the beginning of the year due to “obligations with reservations and parking.”

“We have a good amount of holiday parties already booked,” Josefski said Thursday. “This (news) all hit today.”

The notice from Azul operators, Brigantine, Inc. said it had “reached agreement to sell The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla to Donovan’s Prime Steakhouse Restaurants” which is “scheduled to close at the end of 2014 or early 2015.”

Brigantine, Inc. President and CEO Mike Morton, Jr. said, “We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our guests and hardworking staff that have supported Azul over the past 15 years. Donovan’s will be a great addition to Prospect Street and we wish them continued success at their new location.”

Azul opened on Prospect in 1999. Another steakhouse in the same block, Eddie V’s at 1270 Prospect St., opened in the fall of 2011 and has recently applied for expanded weekend valet parking hours. Nearby upscale eatery and mainstay George’s at the Cove is also planning an expansion of its rooftop dining area.

Morton said the sale of Azul will allow Brigantine, Inc. to focus all of its attention on its core brands of Brigantine and Miguel’s.

Brigantine operates 12 restaurants in San Diego County, including six Brigantine Seafood and oyster Bar locations and six Miguel’s Cocina locations.