Eater learns that, while the less formal Maze will remain open, there are just a few days left for Gordon Ramsay at the London. It’s been a long and overpriced truffle-supplement-paved road for the white-tablecloth restaurant, which lost its namesake chef in 2009, just three years after it opened. More recently, chef de cuisine Marcus Glocker departed for Drew Nieporent’s Bâtard, and despite rumors of an imminent closure, the restaurant soldiered on, even after it lost its Michelin stars.
The hotel says dining trends at large are to blame for the closure. “We’re closing fully to reflect the more casual dining style preferred by the guests. They really are demanding more of a casual dining setting, more of a casual dining scene,” a representative tells Eater, explaining that anyone with an outstanding reservation at the main restaurant will be accommodated at Maze. The restaurant’s staff have apparently been given notice, and it is unclear what, if any new venue, will open in place of the closed restaurant.
Update: A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay sent Grub Street the following statement in an email.
We are heavily involved with all our restaurants and partners around the world with the exception of The London, who unfortunately rarely cooperate or communicate with us. It’s disappointing that they have taken this decision but we believe the dining experience they’ve been offering lately has not been the standard expected by us or our customers when they dine at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. As always, the door remains open for them to engage with us in a meaningful way.
Perhaps the chef is mulling over a return to New York?