Gordon Ramsay, the famously-foul mouthed Scottish chef, is surely dropping a few f-bombs right now. Gordon Ramsay at The London, born in 2006, awarded two Michelin stars in 2007, and stripped of those stars in 2013, is closing. The expensive New York hotel restaurant, which was never fully embraced by local critics like Frank Bruni or Alan Richman, will hold its last dinner service on Saturday, October 11.
"We're closing fully to reflect the more casual dining style preferred by the guests. They really are demanding more of a casual dining scene," a spokesperson for The London NYC, Amanda Duff, tells Eater. Maze by Gordon Ramsay, the hotel's more affordable concept, will remain open, as will The London Bar. Duff says the restaurant's staff have been given notice, but she couldn't say how many employees would lose their jobs.
Gordon Ramsay sold the restaurant to The London in 2009 amid financial troubles, and was not involved in the day-to-day operations after that, as Eater reported last year in the aftermath of the restaurant losing both of its Michelin stars. Still, Ramsay told the Swedish talk show Skavlan that he "started crying" upon hearing the Michelin news.
Ramsay is just the latest in a line of European chefs, including Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse, to see his formal fine dining concept close in New York (though it should be noted that Robuchon plans to give it another go in Battery Park City).
Duff tells Eater The London is "making every effort" to accommodate at Maze any guests who had booked tables after Gordon Ramsay's closing date. And for those who wish to pay their respects, Gordon Ramsay at The London can still accommodate parties of two, four, or six on Thursday or Friday for those who wish to pay their respects, per an OpenTable Search. The restaurant serves one of New York's most expensive three-course menus at $115.
Update: A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay, sends Eater the following statement:
- "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."
There you go. Shots fired.
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