Raymond Blanc has turned his back on opening a restaurant in European Capital of Culture Liverpool, claiming that Brassarie Blanc is "too posh" for the city's new £1b leisure development.
Brasserie Blanc had signed a deal with Liverpool One back in June to bring the chef's chain to the city during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.
But Brassarie Blanc managing director John Lederer has told the Liverpool Daily Post that the group was "slightly too posh for a precinct".
However, Lederer said the group would consider a Liverpool location, possibly in a period property.
"May I live to regret the decision? Absolutely," he told the Post. "Right now I think it's the right decision, something will come up in Liverpool. It is not short of stunning places."
Hilton Hotels will also open a 216 bedroom hotel at the development, its first hotel in the city.
Fledgling mid-market chain Coal, which has been set up by Ma Potter's founder John Gater, had also agreed heads of terms with the Liverpool One but pulled out earlier this year over concerns about how robust the eating out market in Liverpool would be long-term.
By Christopher Walton
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