After Gordon Ramsey’s Maze, more fine dining restaurants could close in Qatar
Since the introduction on the ban of alcohol in restaurants in Qatar in December 2011, Gordon Ramsey has had to close its Maze restaurant within luxury mixed use complex of The Pearl in Doha. Ramsay closed down his Maze Doha restaurant in March 2012 after just two years of operation, while many restaurateurs operating on the Pearl-Qatar development said they had seen revenues decline by as much as 50 percent in the six months immediately after the alcohol ban was introduced
Several international firms have scrapped plans to open new restaurants in the wake of the ban. US-based Ruth’s Chris Steak House said in June it was about to sign a deal for the Pearl-Qatar, but pulled out at the last minute when the ban was imposed.
“In Qatar we are suffering – business has dropped almost 45 percent and unfortunately there is no indication about the ban being lifted. It is very unfortunate for us and for the entire Pearl,” Raffaele Ruggeri, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Italian chain of restaurants, Bice, said last summer.
Since the ban, Qataris are checking into hotels, especially at weekends, at most of the hotels, alcohol consumption being allowed in rooms.