Chef Pierre Gagnaire closes its restaurant in Moscow
Chef Pierre Gagnaire is closing his restaurant, Les Menus, in a Moscow luxury hotel, a spokeswoman said Monday, with Russian media blaming the economic crisis and the embargo on many Western foods for the decision.
“After five years of fruitful cooperation with Pierre Gagnaire, Les Menus restaurant is closing because of the agreement running out at the end of March,” a spokeswoman for Lotte Hotel, which houses the restaurant, said.
Business daily Vedomosti suggested the reason for the closure was the difficulty in obtaining Western food due to the embargo imposed by Russia in retaliation for Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. The report also said the economic crisis, which has seen the ruble plunged in value, was to blame – most luxury foods have to be imported to Russia.