A Shanghai restaurant unexpectedly closed its doors just one day after being awarded a prestigious Michelin star. It has now been revealed that the swanky restaurant was operating illegally without the appropriate licenses.
Tai’an Table, which received one Michelin star on Wednesday along with 26 other Michelin-winning restaurants announced in the Shanghai Guide, had suspended it’s operation for an “internal overhaul” that mostly had to do with the fact that they were operating without a general business license and a food business license, according to Kankannews.com (via SCMP).
The licences must be obtained by the Shanghai Industry and Commerce Bureau and the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, respectively.
Tai’an table first opened in April 2016. The restaurant could only seat 29 people, served only dinner from 6 p.m. to close from Tuesday to Sunday and offered only three set-meal menus. Reservations could only be made online and the location of the restaurant is only given when customers RSVP on their website, though it is believed to be located near Jiaotong University.
While the restaurant offered three different menus, they only came in two variations. The first kind of menu was made of 14 dishes and cost 1,288 yuan, or $193, per person and the second styled menu was made of 10 dishes that cost 988 yuan, or $148, per person.
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Stefan Stiller, the Michelin-starred chef behind Tai’an Table told Kankannews.com that the restaurant will open in a new location in Zhenning Road in November. The style of food and reservation method will stay the same.
The restaurant is currently in the process of applying for the necessary licenses.