O’Naturel, the Paris city’s first restaurant for those who prefer to dine naked, is set to close on February 16.
On this restaurant, guests were asked to remove their clothes at the door (as well as cameras and phones) before settling down for a three-course, classically French meal that included dishes like escargots, foie gras, and filet de boeuf. To avoid any curious onlookers wanting to peek inside, a large white curtain covered the windows for privacy. The restaurant’s owners are Mike and Stephane Saada, 42-year-old twins. They sustains France’s long-running interest in naturism, a growing movement across the country, from campsites to beaches in the south run by the French Federation of Naturism. Mike and Stephane Saada launched the concept despite not being nudists themselves.
“We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments," is their message in the closure announcement. After a 15-month run, the closure is due to financial motivation. Despite France’s reported 2.7 million practising naturists, the restaurant has not turned out to be been sustainable in the long run. It seems however people don't want to eat naked in public.