The prospect of eating at Fäviken, chef Magnus Nilsson's feverishly acclaimed restaurant in remote Sweden, could be a bit easier in 2017: Next year, the world's most isolated fine dining restaurant will reportedly stay open year-round.
Bloomberg food critic Richard Vines reported the news via Twitter:
Good news for fans of @faviken. Magnus Nilsson says he expects to be open all next year except, possibly, for a break in the hunting season.— Richard Vines (@Richardvines) August 9, 2016
Beginning in 2014, the two-Michelin star restaurant has shuttered each year for 20 weeks so staff members could work on other creative projects (such as living in a Finnish monastery or cultivating a Japanese mushroom garden). The hiatus typically ran from the end of February until July.
As Nilsson told Eater last year, keeping staff on the payroll (not to mention funding their extracurriculars) while the restaurant is on hiatus is a financially challenging endeavor, and one that he aspired to for quite some time before actually being able to execute it. Nilsson has not yet responded to a request for comment on Fäviken's 2017 schedule.
The restaurant serves just 16 diners a night (at approximately $350 a head), and requires multiple hours' travel from the nearest airport; many foreign visitors choose to stay overnight at the B&B above the restaurant, meaning dinner at Fäviken requires a considerable amount of planning and expense.
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