Singapore’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Joel Robuchon as well as two-Michelin-starred L’atelier de Joel Robuchon will be closing by the end of June this year.

This comes as a surprise as the two restaurants have just unveiled new chefs in Kim Joinie-Maurin and Vianney Massot last year.

Still, it confirms long-held rumours — one that has been going on for years amongst Singapore’s F&B investors that the brand has been looking to reopen in a new location, specifically in Orchard, and one that was confirmed by The Business Times.

Joel Robuchon with the head chefs of Joel Robuchon and L’atelier de Joel Robuchon. (Photo credit: Lifestyle Asia)

The two restaurants are Resorts World Sentosa’s premiere dining destinations and opened to great fanfare along with a slew of top celebrity chef names like Wolfgang Puck who opened Cut and Nancy Silverton who opened Osteria Mozza. Since then, at least two have closed including Santi by the late Santamaria and the eponymous Guy Savoy. Both restaurants were at Marina Bay Sands.

The development has left Singapore’s restauranteurs worried as Michelin stars no longer seem to be guarantors of long term and sustained profits. It is otherwise said that establishments awarded with the accolade see a 20 to 30 per cent rise in takings.

“Location is the most important factor when it comes to restaurants in Singapore,” remarked former chef of L’atelier de Joel Robuchon, Lorenz Hoja in a public Facebook post. “Really sad to hear as I was involved from the beginning onwards. I was there when the first bricks were laid down and I was there when we achieved three stars and two stars. I wish my former team all the best for the future and thank you once again for these wonderful 7 years I was able to spend with you!”

Resorts World Sentosa will be issuing a statement later today.

Azimin Saini
Azimin Saini is the Editor of Lifestyle Asia and manages the team in Singapore. He has been told the sound of his backspace is like thunder through the clouds. On a regular day, he has enough caffeine in him to power a small car.