In March 2003 Jonas & Kate Werner left jobs in the corporate world of law and financial services and realized their dream to open a family restaurant together, Azure Cafe.  

     In the 16 years since opening, Jonas & Kate, their children Riley & Ella and staff have built Azure into a destination restaurant and neighborhood partner.  Jonas & Kate have been committed to giving back to the surrounding community where they live and work: Azure donates thousands of dollars in profits to local charities each year.  

     In November 2003, they founded the Annual Freeport Community Thanksgiving Dinner, an event which serves free dinner to the public at the Freeport Community Center each Thanksgiving Day.   

Azure has been honored to receive community service and culinary awards over the years, including:

  • Jonas & Kate Werner, Citizens of the Year, Town of Freeport

  • Jonas Werner, Person of the Year, Freeport USA

  • Jonas & Kate Werner, Carol Kaplan Award for Community Service

  • Maine State Restaurant Good Neighbor Award, National Restaurant Association

  • Business of the Year, Maine Disability Rights Center

  • Maine Chef of the Year, Maine Restaurant Association

  • Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Maine Lobster Council

  • Award of Excellence, 12 years running, Wine Spectator

  • Award of Excellence, 6 years running, Trip Advisor


  • Flavors of Freeport Competition: Best Food in Freeport, Multiple Years

  • Freeport Chowder Challenge, Best Chowder, Multiple Years

  • Judge's Award for Best Chef, Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Challenge

  • Best Chef, LL Bean Battle of the Chefs

  • Best Farm to Table Chef, Maine Restaurant Week

  • Best Cocktail, Maine Restaurant Week Signature Event


  • Today Show Travel Site, Featured in Article "Finding Healthy Dining for the Kids While Traveling"

  • Tri-Town Weekly: Locals voted Azure Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Caterer

  • Portland Press Herald: Best Whole Lobster in Maine

  • Maine Magazine, Must See Places When You Spend 48 Hours in Freeport

  • Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice Award

  • Downeast Magazine's "Where to Eat Now" Feature Article