The first nudist restaurant in Paris was forced to draw its curtains. Not because there were a lot of naked people inside, on the contrary, there weren’t any. The place simply didn’t have enough customers. After 15 months from its opening in the city’s 12th arrondissement, O’naturel will permanently close in February.
42-year-old twins and co-owners, Mike and Stephane Saada, opened the nude restaurant in November 2017, even though they weren’t nudists themselves. They just grabbed the business opportunity to establish a clothing-free restaurant in one of the world’s top nudist destination. This gave nudists a considerably warmer venue than outdoor nudist beaches and campsites around France.
How it worked was quite simple: guests leave their clothes and phones in a cloakroom and are given a pair of slippers to wear into the dining area. A white curtain over the windows would shield them from outside gawpers. Each chair has a black cover, discreetly changed between sittings.
The menu consists of upmarket French bistro
Mike and Stephane said in an interview, “We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.”
Banner photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse (AFP).