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Diner closes day after top ranking

AFP, SHANGHAI

A Shanghai restaurant has closed down just a day after being awarded a coveted star in the Michelin Guide’s first Chinese edition.

Taian Table (泰安門) — one of 26 restaurants in the city to receive a Michelin star — “suspended” its business on Thursday “due to an internal reorganization,” a notice on its front door said.

The starred establishment, on the ground floor of a five-story residential building in downtown Shanghai, serves Western dishes ranging from grilled endives to smoked beets by chef Stefan Stiller, the restaurant’s Web site says.

It opened for business in April.

The diner was previously ordered to shut down by local officials due to it not having the proper licenses, the Chinese-language Xinmin Evening News reported yesterday, adding that authorities stepped in after the neighbors complained.

Residents who live above the restaurant said that kitchen smoke and noise interrupted their normal lives, and they petitioned local regulators to have the diner shut down, the report said.

“The noise is always there, with a subwoofer vibrating. It’s so hot where we live, but we can’t open our windows,” said Zhang Fuzhen, who lives on the second floor of the building.

The original idea for the restaurant was “to build a small place to entertain our friends, and to have some foodies and chef friends around to create new and creative dishes,” Taian Table said in a statement.

“We certainly never planned to break any rules,” it said.

The company plans to reopen after relocating to a new address, the statement said, while apologizing to all guests who had booked seats for the coming weeks.

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