Robin Gill, the chef-restaurateur who with his wife Sarah owns three Clapham restaurants, has announced that his Hackney restaurant Paradise Garage is closed. The site is being taken over by an unknown operator, but Eater London understands that a Venezuelan business is being linked to the site.
It is understood that Paradise Garage — which last year was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand — ran its final service on Sunday 30 October.
A statement on their website reads:
We are sorry to report that Paradise Garage is now closed. We would like to sincerely thank all our loyal customers who dined with us during our time in Bethnal Green and for so much positivity during our time there.
If we can help with any future booking enquiries we would love to welcome you to our restaurants in Clapham; The Dairy, The Manor or Counter Culture so please get in touch.
Speaking to Big Hospitality at the Food on the Edge event in Ireland, Gill described the restaurant as a “successful failure.” The restaurant opened to critical acclaim in 2015, but cited recent business difficulties being behind the decision to “cut their losses.”
Building works taking place at a hotel opposite the restaurant have slowed the growth of trade in an area that has known difficulties at lunchtime, Gill said. Instead he and his team will turn their attentions to a new project slated for July 2018 in central London. The chef would not divulge any further details.
Gill has been one of the city’s most successful new-wave chefs over the last four years, promoting a style derivative of Noma (where he once worked) that uses a modern tasting menu format to pay tribute to his Irish roots and seasonal British ingredients. The Dairy opened in 2013; The Manor followed in 2014 and Counter Culture in 2016.