Nudist cafe forced to close because owners can’t get enough bums on seats

Naturists have been dealt a chilling blow after a restaurant in Paris was forced to close because they didn’t get enough customers. The cafe ‘O’Naturel’ will close it’s doors for nude fine dining next month after little over a year...


Naturists have been dealt a chilling blow after a restaurant in Paris was forced to close because they didn’t get enough customers. The cafe ‘O’Naturel’ will close it’s doors for nude fine dining next month after little over a year. The closure comes despite good reviews from people who take off their clothes to enjoy oysters, snails and foie gras.

To avoid financial embarrassment, twins Mike and Stephane Saada said they were having to close. Tempting any last-minute diners they said ‘It is now or never’ for anyone ‘wanting to experience a last nude dinner in Paris’.

They added: ‘We are counting on you to support us. We thank everyone for taking part in this adventure. We will only remember the good moments and the great people we met.’ The restaurant in the east of Paris opened amid a blaze of publicity in November 2017. Clothes must be left in the cloakroom along with mobile phones, to prevent people from sneaking a photo of other customers.

The diners are then provided with slippers although women – who make up 40 per cent of the clientele, according to the managers – may keep their heels on. O’Naturel – a play on the French phrase for naked – was seen as a sign that naturism was becoming ever more mainstream in a country which is the world’s top destination for nude tourism.

Four million people holiday ‘au naturel’ in France every year. With a new summer nudist zone in Paris’ biggest park, naked stand-up comedy nights and museum visits, activists did not hide their naked ambition to make further inroads for naturists. Unlike the nude London restaurant The Bunyadi, which opened briefly in 2016, the Saada brothers keep their clothes on as they serve customers.

Stephane said: ‘Our role is to put people at ease. As soon as customers enter the dining room, we accompany them to their table and we reassure them that it’s not like the whole room is looking at them.’ The restaurant’s black chair covers are discreetly changed between sittings, with diners shielded from prying eyes outside by a heavy white curtain.


While news of the closure sent a chill through the French naturist world, campaigner Cedric Amato said the restaurant was ahead of its time. He said: ‘It may have been a little early’ for an all year round nudist establishment in Paris. I ate there many times and it was very good.’ He added that being in a residential area and not having a terrace for when the weather is nice may have affected business. It will close its doors on February 16.

Source: MetroUK



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