Beau Rivage restaurant to close for good
The Beau Rivage Restaurant and Bar in Paget is to close its doors for good.
The waterside restaurant at Newstead/Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa on Harbour Road has been closed since mid-March because of restrictions related to Covid-19.
Jean-Claude Garzia, the head chef, said the lease was coming to an end and the owners of the hotel, which is due to reopen on July 29, may have something different in mind for the restaurant.
Asked whether it had been Newstead's decision not to renew the restaurant's lease, Mr Garzia said: “I had to come up with a lot of new things and I was not ready for that.
“I'm not a fighter, I'm an artist. I love what I do, that's my passion.”
He said he was sorry to see Beau Rivage go. “It's 12 years of my life,” Mr Garzia said. “It's hard, of course. I had the only French restaurant on the island.”
Mr Garzia has enjoyed a 39-year career on the island, having arrived from France to work at the Hamilton Princess in August 1981.
He then worked as head chef at Cambridge Beaches for 17 years, before leading Beau Rivage for the past 12 years.
In 1996, Mr Garzia was awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, France's highest honour for a chef.
He also opened The Lemon Tree in 2002, on the Queen Street site where Bulli Social is today.
Mr Garzia, who owns J&L Group Ltd, still has JC's Café, on Victoria Street, which is open, and the neighbouring JC's Bistro, which is scheduled to reopen in August.
Mr Garzia has ambitions to do more, but is keeping his plans on hold for now.
Mr Garzia said: “I have a lot of plans and a lot of things I'd like to do, but with Covid-19, nothing is certain.”
He added: “It's very scary. We don't know where we're going, we don't know what is going to happen.
“I want to be positive, but it's hard, for everybody, not just me.”