The very first restaurant serving only nude diners has announced it will shut down after just 15 months in business due to a lack of customers.
The nudist restaurant O’Naturel plans to close its’ doors for good on February 16.
Owners Mike and Stephane Saada wanted to attract those keen to eat naked in public for no apparent reason.
While France is a top destination for nudists, with over 450 designated outdoor nudist spots, O’Naturel apparently didn’t create enough interest in naked dining.
The menu consisted of French classics – but ironically, the meals were served by a fully-clothed wait staff.
In the city’s sleepy 12th arrondissement, the nudist restaurant dished out a strict set of rules. Guests were asked to remove their clothes at the door (as well as, thankfully, cameras and phones) before settling down for a three-course, classically French meal that included dishes like escargots, foie gras, and filet de boeuf. To avoid any curious onlookers wanting to peek inside, a large white curtain covered the windows for privacy—not that the neighbors seemed particularly phased by the restaurant’s clientele, with one local telling newspapers, “We know what’s happening. It’s not a massage parlor.”
In a statement on the closure posted to its website, O’Naturel’s owners said: “We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.”