Michel Roux Jr announces closure of renowned two-Michelin starred restaurant Le Gavroche

Located in central London, the French restaurant first opened its doors in 1967

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Michel Roux Jnr at his restaurant Le Gavroche, London, Britain - 14 Feb 2011
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Chef Michel Roux Jr has announced the closure of Le Gavroche, his two Michelin-starred restaurant, after 56 years.

Roux Jr, who has appeared on multiple TV cooking shows, said the decision had been made so he could spend “more time with his family”.

Le Gavroche, located in Mayfair, central London, was opened in 1967 by French restaurateur brothers Albert and Michel Roux Sr.

At the time, it was the only French restaurant of its kind in London, offering classical French food and the highest standards of cooking and service.

Roux Jr, son of Albert Roux, has run the restaurant since 1991, earning two Michelin stars – one of the most prestigious accolades in the restaurant business.

Other celebrity chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White have “earned their stripes” at Le Gavroche, according to the restaurant’s website.

In a lengthy Instagram post announcing the closure on Friday, Roux Jr said the restaurant would be closing in January 2024.

He said he had “very mixed emotions” about the decision to close, but that the restaurant’s name would “live on”.

“This decision has not been made lightly. Le Gavroche means so much, not just to myself and the Roux family, but to the wider Gavroche team and you, our guests, who have become our family over so many years,” Roux Jr wrote.

“I have always felt that should Le Gavroche ever close, it must be on a high.

“Le Gavroche continues to be fully booked, week in, week out, but I have known for a while that I must make time for a better work/life balance, so I can spend more time with my family and on my other business ventures.”

Roux Jr added that a series of “celebratory dinners”, starting in November, would be held until the restaurant’s closure.

“This is not the end of Le Gavroche – the restaurant may be closing, but the name will live on,” he said.

“I could not be more grateful for the restaurant team, who have loved the restaurant as if it were their own.

“The entire team both past and present will forever have my gratitude, and will always be considered as part of the Roux family.”

He added: “And to you, our guests. Our success is all down to you. I would like to extend a personal thank you to every single person that has dined with us. Your support means everything to us.”

As well as being part of the judging panel on MasterChef: The Professionals, Roux Jr has appeared as a guest chef on MasterChef Australia.

He has also appeared on Ramsay’s show Hell’s Kitchen, and presented two series of Michel Roux’s French Country Cooking.

Food critic and journalist Jay Rayner wrote: “Very few emails make my eyebrows genuinely raise.

“This one did. I totally understand the thinking but, boy that really is the end of something, allowing for the fact the name will live on.”

Updated: August 19, 2023, 5:28 AM