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Marco Pierre White’s Titanic closes

Marco Pierre White’s Titanic has sunk again.

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Marco Pierre White at his Titanic restaurant, which has closed.

The restaurant at the Melia Hotel in Bur Dubai announced on Monday that is has closed after a year of operations, following recent speculation that the British chef was looking to pull out of the steakhouse. Titanic Dubai was a revival of one of White’s earlier concepts, which foundered in London in 2002.

Titanic opened at the Spanish-run hotel in 2012, serving the stylish grills White has become known around the world for. Located in the heart of Bur Dubai, it was an unusual spot for high-end European fare but the strength of White’s name drew punters in for dishes such as steak and grilled fish.

In a statement, White called the split amicable. “Since I launched Titanic with Meliá Dubai the hotel has evolved and it became necessary to adapt. It was a strategic decision on both sides and we part amicably,” he said. At a press conference in Dubai last month, at which he announced a partnership with the UAE’s Rmal Hospitality to develop White-branded restaurants, White reacted strongly to a question about the future of Titanic and denied it was closing down. “No. Why would you ask that?,” he said to a reporter in a terse exchange.

“We were pleased to launch our first hotel in the GCC with a signature restaurant from such a recognised name in the industry and Marco Pierre White brought a great depth of knowledge with him,” said Enrique Ortiz, vice president of operations EMEA - Hotel Division at Meliá Hotels International, in the statement. “However, one year on we are in better position to understand the needs of our guests and it is time to take a different path. We wish Marco all the best.” The Melia also has a restaurant run by Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Signature.

White’s next opening in the UAE will come swiftly and more centrally, with the opening of the Marco Pierre White Grill at the Hilton-run Conrad Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road in the autumn. He also has two other restaurants in Dubai — Wheeler’s at DIFC and Frankie’s in Dubai Marina — as well as a Frankie’s In Abu Dhabi and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Fairmont Abu Dhabi.