A Naked Restaurant In Paris Shuts After 15 Months

By January 11, 2019 No Comments


(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

Care for some additional toe cheese with your bread ma’am? May I bring you more pubic hair, sir?

In what many would consider a positive step forward for humanity, the owners of Paris’ first (and hopefully last) nudist restaurant – aptly named O’naturel – have announced that they will be shutting down their eatery in February after just 15 months in operation. The reason isn’t just the lack of clothes. It appears to be a lack of customers, according to this report in The Independent, which also includes a few action photos of unclothed diners eating that should permanently put to rest any interest you may have had in eating there.

But what a sad, sad day it is for the 2.7 million practicing nudists in France, right?

No longer do they have a restaurant of their own. No longer can they share in the good times of shedding their clothes in a changing room and eating their meals amongst fellow diners wearing nothing more than a pair of slippers and a smile (house rules require teenagers to remain clothed). No longer can like-minded diners enjoy turkey legs, breast of chicken, pork butt or the restaurant’s specialty: mixed nuts. (Just kidding about that – the menu – which has a fixed price of about $60 – actually consists of classic French cuisine such as foie gras, rack of lamb and crème brûlée but my advice is to not ask where the crème comes from).

The owners – 43-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada who are also oddly non-nudists –  said in a statement that they “will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.” Side note: black covers are placed over each chair and are discreetly changed each time before a new “beautiful” person is seated.

But does this come as a surprise to anyone, naked or clothed? Of course not.

Turns out that, while some people prefer to engage in common activities without wearing clothes, even they appreciate a decent meal, particularly when dining out. I’ve personally never eaten at O’naturel (a fact that I’m sure comes as a relief to all Parisians) but I have a suspicion that if the restaurant’s food was up to snuff then perhaps more customers would have eaten there…even in the buff.

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