High-profile chefs and international entrants vie to take over Le Gavroche site

By James McAllister

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High-profile chefs and international entrants vie to take over Le Gavroche site`

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High-profile chefs and ‘new international entrants’ are among the operators vying to take over the Le Gavroche site in London’s Mayfair.

Luxury residence operator Grand Residence Club by Marriott (GRC) has appointed leisure property specialist Davis Coffer Lyons to source a new tenant for the Mayfair restaurant.

It comes after Le Gavroche, which held two Michelin stars and was owned by the Roux family, completed its final service in January, ending a 55-year tenure.

“A fitting operator is sought for the 4,000sq ft venue in Upper Brook Street, which sits below GRC’s luxury residences,” reads a statement from Davis Coffer Lyons.

“Its compelling history and sought-after Mayfair location mean it is attracting a great deal of interest from a range of operators, including high profile chefs as well as new international entrants.”

Originally opened in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel Roux Sr, Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the UK to gain one, two and three Michelin stars (it lost its third in 1993) and was renowned for its classic French haute cuisine.

The restaurant was taken over by Michel Roux Jr, son of Albert Roux, in 1991, who continued to lead the restaurant until its closure.

Announcing his plans to close the restaurant last year​, Roux Jr said he wanted a better work/life balance without the daily demands of a busy Michelin-starred restaurant.

“The pressure to be able to deliver the high quality that everyone expects is wearing when it’s every day, and every plate,” he said at the time.

“The closure of Le Gavroche at this site is about turning the page and moving forward so I can focus on my family as well our other businesses."

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