Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Prestigious Michelin restaurant in Oslo close down

If you plan to book a table at Bagatelle, Oslo's only two star Michelin restaurant, you may be too late. It will close down December 21st due to a conflict between its owner, investor Christen Sveaas and Eyvind Hellstrøm, its founder and head chef.

It has been a restaurant at Bygdøy Allé 3 since 1932, formerly known as Jacques Bagatelle. Since 1982 the famous Norwegian chef, Eyvind Hellstrøm, has built up a highly successful restaurant and has been the only restaurant in Oslo to have been awarded two stars in the famous French Guide Michelin.

Although a culinary success, Bagatelle has struggled financially. It was saved by the Norwegian investor Christen Sveaas in the 90's, and has had a few good years lately. Last year , however, it suffered a 1,8 million NOK (211 700 EURO) deficit.

As the conflict between the investor and the head chef reached a climax in December, Eyvind Hellstrøm and his staff decided to leave the prestigious restaurant, letting Christian Sveaas fend for himself. Sveaas has declared that the closure will be temporary, and will be reopened as a new and better Bagatelle in 2010. The restaurant will keep its two stars until Guide Michelin reevaluates restaurants the coming year.

See official website here

Photo: Kjetil Ree

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