COPENHAGEN: Kristian Baumann, chef of Restaurant 108, has announced the closure of the restaurant 108 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant is co-owned with René Redzepi among others.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Restaurant 108. Due to the negative consequences of the global pandemic and in particular the drastic reduction in the number of international tourists visiting Copenhagen, we have concluded that it is no longer economically sustainable to operate 108 in the current location.”
“I wish to thank every member – past and present – of our incredible team, for helping make 108 a truly special place. I would not have come so far or achieved so much without you. I also wish to thank our guests and our friends within local and international food media, as well as those at The White Guide, Michelin and World’s 50 Best Restaurants, for their many years of support – I am forever grateful to you all,” said Kristian Baumann, Headchef and co-owner of Restaurant 108.
“Despite today’s announcement and the closing of this chapter, we are extremely proud of all that we have achieved, and remain hopeful for a future where Restaurant 108 will return to Copenhagen in another location.”
The final day of service will be Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.⠀
Although the restaurant will close, the operating company behind 108 will continue, thus avoiding a bankruptcy to avoid anyone will so no one will lose money on this decision, which is of course very important to us.⠀
Kristian Baumann will step down as a co-owner, but the remaining partners René Redzepi and Peter Kreiner will open a new restaurant concept in the current location later this year that better matches the current market conditions.
René Redzepi took to Instagram to express his disappointment at the closure. “No words can express how difficult these times are for the restaurant trade.:
“We look forward to seeing and serving you again. Thank you all!”