French naked restaurant to close for good - H&E naturist magazine

French naked restaurant to close for good

Paris’s naturist restaurant has been forced to close due to a lack of customers. A statement on the website of the O’Naturel eatery, which was opened in 2016 by twins Mike and Stéphane Saada, said: “It is with great regret that we announce the definitive closing of the O’Naturel restaurant on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  

“Thank you for having participated in this adventure by coming to dinner at O’Naturel. We will only remember good moments, meetings with beautiful people and customers delighted to share exceptional moments. 

“We count on you to support us during January and early February. So, do not hesitate to book now to enjoy a last dinner naked in Paris. It’s now or never!” 

The brothers, who are reportedly not naturists themselves, told the Guardian: “We’re shutting down because we didn’t have enough clients. We would have preferred this adventure to go on for longer… We had a great start; now it’s best we close.” 

It prompted the Guardian’s Dale Berning Sawa to ask whether this was the end for such mainstream naked dining experiences (as opposed to naturist clubs and spas that have a captive audience), especially as London’s version, the Bunyadi, garnered much initial attention when it opened in 2016 but closed after just three months with no plans to reopen as yet.

There are all manner of factors that could have contributed to O’Naturel’s demise: perhaps the food offering wasn’t good enough; perhaps there are just not enough naturists about to sustain such a venture long-term; and perhaps the naturist community is divided as to the attraction of eating naked.