Last year we wrote that two-Michelin-starred internationally renowned restaurant Frantzén in Gamla Stan was closing to relocate; now top chef and restaurateur Björn Frantzén’s namesake restaurant has just reopened in downtown Stockholm.
Here’s a reminder of what we said about Frantzén in our 2016 article:
Star restaurant Frantzén has closed this summer. The last menu of award-winning Frantzén in Stockholm’s Old Town was served on 9 July. Chef Björn Frantzén has decided to close his acclaimed namesake establishment to reappear in a new guise and a at a new address in the city.
“Now is the time for the next big step, getting to create the total experience that we have always dreamed of“, he says. Most recently in February this year, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars for the sixth year in a row. “It took us several thousand meals to get where we are today. But our near decade in the premises at Lilla Nygatan was a warm-up. It is now time for the next big step, getting to create the total experience that we have always dreamed of“, says Björn Frantzen in a press release.
When Frantzén opened in 2008 there was a total of two people working at the restaurant. Today’s workforce counts a team of 18 employees. This means that it has become a little crowded in the restaurant at Lilla Nygatan. All he wishes to reveal about plans for the new restaurant scheduled to open at the new address in Stockholm early 2017 is that it will be located in a city townhouse and spread over several levels totalling 500 square meters compared to the current 90, gastronomy will continue to be the main focus, but the experience before and after the meal will be a larger part, in short; it will be “Something out of the ordinary“.
Except for the belated opening date, Björn Frantzen has made good on his promises. Located in a renovated 19th-century Stockholm building, his new restaurant is around six times bigger than the original and offers a new version of the renowned tasting-menu employing techniques that weren’t possible in the old, smaller space, like open-fire cooking, yet with “the same energy”. Frantzén says the whole experience is on a completely different level, from being able to cook better food to receiving guests by elevator, welcoming them with the music and the light changing as they go from the dining area to the rooftop terrace.
In just a little over two weeks since opening, the reviews of the reinvented Frantzén are glowing, with some reviewers suggesting Björn Frantzen might be up for a third star this year!
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