Listen Now: Naked Dining: Why Paris’ All-Nude Restaurant Closed Its Doors
While a lot of people might be comfortable eating in the buff at home, it turns out they aren’t as eager to do it in public.
France has more than 2.7 million people who consider themselves naturists. Paris is called one of the most nudist-friendly cities in Europe, except maybe when it comes to dinner.
O’naturel, Paris’ first and only all-nude restaurant will close for good in early february. It was opened in 2017 by twin brothers who saw everyone’s love for being free and breezy as a business opportunity.
The restaurant followed a strict code of conduct, which required all diners to be nude with the exception of teenagers dining with their parents and the staff.
All phones and cameras had to be locked away and each customer was given their own black chair cover and pair of slippers.
Local business leaders say the restaurant suffered from a combination of a drop in tourism and high prices. They say it was too expensive for local customers and not enough out of towners were curious about the experience to disrobe.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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