Noma Will Reopen as a Wine and Burger Bar

The award-winning restaurant will reopen on May 21

Noma. (Photo by Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images)
Noma. (Photo by Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / May 18, 2020 9:17 am

Restaurants across the world have been forced to get creative as they cope with coronavirus-related restrictions, and even the most highly rated places to dine in the world are struggling to adapt during the pandemic. As Eater points out, that includes Copenhagen’s famed Noma, which will reopen on May 21 as an outdoor wine-and-burger joint.

René Redzepi’s award-winning restaurant closed temporarily on March 14, and he revealed on Instagram that diners won’t need reservations to come grab a burger at Noma when it reopens this Thursday. “We feel in the first phase of the reopening that we want to be open for all,” he wrote. “We need to heal, so let’s have a glass and a burger, you’re all invited.”

If you happen to be in Copenhagen, the Noma cheeseburger will set you back $15, and the restaurant will also have a veggie burger option for sale. The decision to rely on outdoor seating for the reopening is also meant to encourage social distancing and lower the risk of infection. Of course, the situation Noma faces is different from what American restaurants are currently grappling with.

“Instead, American chefs and owners are contemplating reopening without government guidance, in states where the rate of infection is still climbing, and where PPP loans aren’t fully forgivable unless full staff levels are rehired by June 30 even though reduced capacity measures suggest continuing to pay those staff members past the 30th will prove challenging,” Eater writes. “Few big city restaurants have access to the outdoors in the same way Redzepi does either, though street closures could provide a way.”

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