Hakkasan closes Chrysan restaurant after just six months

Hakksan Group has announced it is to close the most recent addition to its portfolio, Chrysan, after just six months of operating.

Hakkasan, which is owned by Tasemeem, the property arm of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, opened the restaurant in September last year alongside top Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata and was intended as the first of an international brand of restaurants.

Located within Broadgate West, the 100-seat restaurant featured a chef's table for eight and a private dining room seating 12 as well as a bar called Nene for up to 30. The kitchen was headed up by Murata's protégé Daisuke Hayashi.

Hakkasan reported turnover up 35% to £20.93m from £15.54m in the year to 28 May 2011. It reported an operating loss of £634,111 in the year compared to a profit of £1,190,389 the year before, but booked a profit before tax of £58,355 after shareholders waived exceptional interest of their loans to the company.

There is yet to be a full explanation as to why the site has closed. The website is no longer available and when calling the restaurant the line simply states 'Chrysan has ceased operation', before directing callers to Hakkasan Group's main reservation line.