Restaurateur/Noma co-founder Claus Meyer — who sold his stake in the acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant in summer 2013 — will soon open a 16,000-square-foot "Scandinavian food hall" inside New York City's iconic Grand Central Terminal. The New York Times reports today that the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority endorsed Meyer's proposal, which calls for "combination of retail and casual restaurants and a balcony cafe," including a grab-and-go kiosk and a 100-seat "Nordic brasserie."
In October 2013, Meyer unveiled a similar multi-restaurant concept in Copenhagen: Dubbed the Standard, it features three restaurants and a jazz club and lounge. Meyer first hinted at the NYC project in late 2013, telling the Wall Street Journal that he hoped to share New Nordic cuisine with the world: "I'm much less interested in money than I am in doing great things." Eater NY reports the final decision will be made by the MTA next week; once approved, the food hall could open by 2016.