The only restaurant at the Pearl-Qatar operated by a Michelin-starred chef, Quisine by Guy Savoy, has announced it imminent closure.
After two years at the man-made island, Quisine will close its doors for good on Nov. 21.
According to its communications manager, things “just didn’t take off the way we expected.” It was Savoy’s first restaurant endeavor in the Middle East, and the spokesperson said he has no immediate plans to open another in the region.
The upscale restaurant’s closure follows the shuttering of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze on the Pearl in 2012, months after businesses there were ordered to stop selling alcohol.
Speaking to Doha News, Quisine’s assistant manager said their restaurant had never served alcohol because it opened after the ban was instituted. She said the lack of spirits was probably a reason for business not being that good.
But another possible factor may have been that people were not used to or interested in the type of luxury dining experience Quisine had to offer, she said.
Would you eat at an upscale restaurant like Quisine? Thoughts?