Closure of the Montreal Casino restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
The restaurant at Montreal casino L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has closed its doors for good, just four years after its controversial opening.
The Quebec gambling authority, Loto-Quebec, which brought in the French gastronomic establishment in December 2016, issued a press release on April 27 announcing the news that its contract with the Robuchon Group had ended this month- this.
Unsurprisingly, the reason given for the closure is the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept the restaurant closed since March 2020. The statement said that “the uncertainty surrounding the time at which the casino will reopen” also informed the decision.
Once indoor dining resumes, presumably with social distancing measures in place at least initially, Loto-Quebec says one of its other on-site restaurants, Ajia, will occupy the space to increase capacity. reception. A blurb about the Pan-Asian restaurant on the casino’s website dubiously describes the restaurant saying, “Whether you like Thai, Chinese, or Korean cuisine, mix the flavors and make your own combinations.” What does that mean?
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has been mired in controversy since day one, when Loto-Québec was criticized for importing a restaurant named after a great foreign chef (the now deceased Joël Robuchon) instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to spotlight the city more than a fair share of local talent – all with an undisclosed amount of public money. In 2019, The duty revealed that the restaurant may also have attempted to evade taxes by operating under a business name registered in European tax haven Luxembourg, which has drawn further criticism.