Dominique Ansel, the famed creator of The CronutTM, is to close both his eponymous London bakery in Belgravia and his newly opened Treehouse restaurant in Covent Garden.
Another big name casualty of the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis, French pastry chef Ansel’s Bakery London, which had remained open for takeout during the crisis and has since opened up for dine-in service, will close its doors at the end of August.
The Treehouse, which only opened in February of this year, and which has been shuttered since the beginning of the crisis, will not reopen at all.
A spokesperson for Ansel’s New York team told BigHospitality: “London has been so wonderful and so supportive to us”.
“Unfortunately our licenser has told us, that in light of the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they do not think it will be possible to continue operating either location profitably.
“As a result both Treehouse and Dominique Ansel Bakery London will close at the end of August”.
Ansel’s bakery in London had operated since 2016 to much acclaim, with the French chef expanding to a second location this year. The Treehouse operated as a boutique bakery and bistro café, however, it was forced to close shortly after opening.