Notices posted outside both restaurants informed customers that they would be closed “until further notice.”
A Megu employee told Doha News that the restaurant was shut on Saturday without explanation, and that management is awaiting further information from the United Development Company, the group developing the Pearl.
A UDC spokeswoman said she could not confirm or comment on the closures.
Both restaurants are operated by the Hospitality Development Company (HDC), a subsidiary of UDC.
The company made headlines last month when its president suddenly resigned amid questions about the Pearl’s financial outlook and controversy over an inexplicable alcohol ban that has caused several restaurants to report significant drops in revenue.
Rumors abounds as to why Megu, a New York-based Japanese restaurant that opened in Doha last April, and Tse Yang, a high-end Chinese restaurant that opened in 2010, have been closed.
Because both used to serve alcohol, some have speculated that it decided to close until the ban was lifted due to a loss in revenues. Another unsubstantiated rumor is that the two eateries were punished for serving alcohol illegally.
— Mohana Rajakumar (@moha_doha) February 5, 2012
Whatever the reason, customers of the restaurants have reacted to news of the closures with dismay.
— Amna A.♡ (@AmnaCrawford) February 5, 2012
— Jessica Alice Shaw (@jessica_alice7) February 5, 2012
Thoughts on the matter?