It lost its Michelin star in 2015 — now Maze, Gordon Ramsay’s sushi-and-grills Mayfair restaurant, is to close in early 2019 after 14 years in business, with its replacement slated to be a “new concept,” according to reports in the Guardian today.
The Gordon Ramsay Group has an interest in 14 London venues, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Petrus, and Heddon Street Kitchen. Kavalake, its holding company, has reported a pre-tax loss of £3.8m in the year to the end of August 2017, although the picture isn’t quite as bleak as it first appears: international revenue rose 52 percent year on year to £5.4m, contributing to a group-wide increase in gross profit, despite falling turnovers.
Kavalake’s annual strategic report, filed to Companies House on May 15, announces that “Maze will close in January 2019 and a new concept will be launched 2019.” A number of new international contracts are also being “actively negotiated,” and the group is looking “for new restaurant locations both in the UK and internationally.”
Since it opened in 2005 Maze has been a training ground for big-hitters, including Jason Atherton, who was executive chef until 2010. Jay Rayner, one of the first critics through the door, called it “one of the most interesting new restaurants to arrive in London this year.” But signs suggest the Grosvenor Square restaurant has lost some of its shine: a number of diners have recently left reviews on Tripadvisor criticising its “dated” feel and hit-and-miss cooking. “There’s more ambiance [sic] to be found in a Wagamama,” was the verdict of one.
Representatives of the Gordon Ramsay Group were not immediately available for comment.