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Changes are afoot at Noma, Copenhagen’s beacon of culinary greatness, often hailed as the world’s best restaurant. The New York Times reports that chef René Redzepi “plans to close Noma after a final service on New Year’s Eve in 2016” and reopen it in 2017 as an urban farm. The idea is to transform a derelict site in the Christiania neighborhood into a “state-of-the-art urban farm, with Noma at its center.” The plan is ambitious, and even involves floating plant-filled rafts (on the adjacent lake), and a greenhouse on the roof.
According to The New York Times, there was no urgent need to change locations at the always-packed original restaurant; Redzepi just believes that it’s “ready for a drastic evolution.” There will also be a radical change to the menu, away from the traditional chef’s tasting menu, and towards total seasonality. (For example, with spring and summer’s bounty, the restaurant will become totally vegetarian.)
In other news, Redzepi will also be opening a second, more casual restaurant in Copenhagen.