Homeland, a waterfront restaurant run by celebrated Kiwi chef Peter Gordon in Auckland, New Zealand, is set to close its doors this year.

Located in the Wynyard Quarter, the dining room will be closed by the end of April following the non-renewal of its lease.  The restaurant also operates a cookery school, which will close by the end of July.

Gordon and his business partner, Alistair Carruthers, were quoted by Stuff.co.nz as saying that they plan to start “scaling back and will shut the doors… around the end of July”.

Their efforts to find an alternative location to continue the restaurant’s operations have been unsuccessful.

They stated: “We have tried to stay. And we have been looking – unsuccessfully – for another site.”

The NZ Herald quoted Homeland’s email to its customers as stating: “We didn’t expect our landlord [to sell] the site to a property developer that doesn’t see Homeland in its vision. It is renovating our building, beginning huge construction works around us, and won’t renew our lease.”

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The restaurant, which opened in late 2020, will begin scaling down its operations as it prepares for closure.

Cookery classes at the restaurant will continue as planned until 29 July. The venue is unlikely to host events from May onwards due to the impending construction activities.

Gordon spent 31 years in the UK, and is credited as “the godfather of fusion cooking”.

He established ventures such as The Sugar Club and Providores restaurants before deciding to return to New Zealand in August 2020.

His return was hastened by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw him return just before the country’s first lockdown, RNZ.co.nz has reported.