Restaurants across the world are in troubled waters due to the coronavirus pandemic. And to survive, some serious changes in dining patterns will have to take place in the post-pandemic world. However, innovation is what keeps the world going on. And that is exactly what a couple from Sweden has come up with: a one-person restaurant – totally apt for these socially distant times.
A Couple From Sweden Is Opening A One-Person Restaurant
Persson and Karlsson came up with the idea when Karlsson’s parents were visiting them during the pandemic. In order to keep them safe and follow social distancing rules, Persson, a former chef, decided to do something smart. He made lunch and served it to his in-laws through a window to a nicely set table outside. And that is when the business idea took shape: To start a one-person restaurant, which will be completely COVID-19-safe.
The restaurant, rightly named as Bord för En, or Table for One, is expected to open on May 10 and will remain open until August 1. It will only serve one customer per day, right in the middle of a field. And instead of a server, the food will be delivered straight from the kitchen in a basket attached to a rope. The dishes, which the guest will leave in a container, will be washed twice. After the guest leaves, the table and chair will be left untouched for six hours, after which they will be thoroughly sanitized.
Dishes On The Menu
According to Karlsson, each meal will feature three courses created by Persson, along with drinks by Joel Söderbäck, who is known for his high-end bars in Sweden. Food will be seasonal and locally farmed. A sample spread of dishes includes Råraka (a Swedish-style hash brown served with seaweed caviar and wood-plucked sorrel); Black and Yellow (yellow carrot-ginger purée with browned hazelnut butter and sweet corn croquettes); and Last Days of Summer (ginned blueberries with iced buttermilk and viola sugar from beets).
Such a fancy menu would make you think that the food costs might be steep. However, Persson and Karlsson have decided to let the guests pay whatever they feel like. Karlsson said, “We are all are facing difficult times and there are people that have lost their jobs, loved ones, or even their mind. We welcome all, no matter what financial situation you are in.”
Apart from this, Karlsson also believes that the restaurant will help people to spend quality time with themselves and get to know their selves better. While we’re not sure if this is what the future of dining looks like, this definitely seems to be an interesting way for outdoor dining in these coming times! Meanwhile, have a look at this interview with the President of NRAI Anurag Katriar.