Longtime animal rights activist Pamela Anderson has announced she’s pulling out of a vegan restaurant in the south of France just nine days after celebrating its grand opening.
The 50-year-old actress paired up with French chef Christophe Leroy for La Table du Marche (The Market Table) as a part of Leroy’s hotel, Les Moulins de Ramatuelle. The restaurant was opened on July 4 and will stay open for 50 nights only through mid-August.
Anderson posted her “disappointing news” on her website on Wednesday, citing the pop-up food spot did not meet “expectations or agreements” and alleging the mistreatment of staff. She did not provide further details of what led to her exit.
“Due to circumstances out of my control, I have to remove my name from the collaboration with Christophe Leroy,” she writes. “I cannot condone the mistreatment of staff or complete lack of respect.”
While the former Baywatch star may have moved on from her vegan eatery, she promises to find another creative outlet to help the causes close to her heart.
“I’m extremely disappointed in this missed opportunity but, will keep finding creative ways to help animals and vulnerable people all over the world,” she writes, adding, “I’m sorry.”
Only a week ago, Anderson was celebrating the launch of the restaurant, inviting guests to join her in the south of France.
“There are so many health benefits- vegan is NOT boring— please come see me at my restaurant … you won’t be let down,” she wrote.
Anderson had personally asked Leroy to create the menu for the new eatery, located not far from Saint-Tropez.
The announcement for the new business venture was revealed in an open letter to new French President Emmanuel Macron: “I am opening a new vegan restaurant in France in July, and I would like to extend my invite to the new President and his First Lady. Join me on the day I open the doors, and we will sit and eat good food and discuss what can be done for Julian. France could display its strength, and so could you, if you give Julian asylum.”
Anderson pitched to the French President to discuss rumoured beau, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England. Anderson has reached out to various political leaders to help free Assange.
“I am reaching out to Emmanuel Macron, and to his wife Brigitte Trogneux,” she wrote. “As resident of France, my adopted home, I would like to meet with you and discuss Julian’s situation.”
Dishes will include items like tomato tartare with Goji berries, traditional Provencal “petition farcis” which is a stuffed vegetable, an asparagus risotto and a vegan burger. A three course meal is priced around 80 euro.
La Table du Marche will open nightly after 6 p.m. until mid-August.