‘Top Chef’ contestant permanently closes Raleigh restaurant

Top Chef alum, Chopped winner Katsuji Tanabe owned High Horse in Raleigh. (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A “Top Chef” contestant’s restaurant in North Carolina has permanently closed down due to revenue losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Katsuji Tanabe told The News & Observer on Wednesday his business partner decided to shut down Raleigh’s High Horse restaurant due to the money losses.

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The restaurant had opened in November 2019.

Tanabe told the newspaper his business partner “didn’t feel like trying to reopen” the restaurant again.

Tanabe says High Horse tried offering takeout during restaurant closures.

He says diners didn’t want takeout from a restaurant known for its live experiences.

Tanabe says he has plans to stay in the Raleigh area.