Quelle horreur! My Kitchen Rules host and local cooking legend Manu Fieldel has embarrassingly been forced to shut his flagship South Yarra restaurant Le Grand Cirque after just four months.
Feildel fronted his staff after lunch service on Wednesday with the news that the fine dining restaurant would close its doors on Sunday, August 10.
“Many different factors” were involved, but it was old-fashioned lack of customers that brought the traditional French restaurant to an end.
“Unfortunately for everyone involved, Le Grand Cirque wasn’t the success it was hoped to be,” read a press release published on Feildel’s personal Facebook account.
Read the statement below.
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://t.co/YJ6RXvGsiS
— Manu Feildel (@manufeildel) July 30, 2014
“This was a difficult decision but with the joint expertise of the MADE Establishment and Manu Feildel, it has been decided to move ahead with this decision now.”
MADE Establishment is the company owned by fellow TV chef George Calombaris, who ran failed Italian/Greek diner Mama Baba from the same site.
Bad luck has followed the restaurant exploits of the My Kitchen Rules hosts, with Pete Evans’s Melbourne project Little Hunter closing amid rising debts last year.
The last dinner service at Le Grand Cirque will take place on Saturday, August 9.