KOBARID: When the first lockdown was announced in Slovenia, the team of Hisa Franko, Ana Ros and Valter Kramer’s acclaimed restaurant, all stayed in the Slovenian countryside, some out of choice and others because the borders were closed and they were stuck there.
Together, as a multinational team, they faced lockdown, helping each other and using the time to work on new projects, to train and prepare the restaurant for the reopening in summer.
Now as winter approaches and another closure of restaurants has been enforced by the Slovenian government, the Slovenian chef has said she will unfortunately have to say goodbye to a part of the restaurant’s team forever. “A few hours from the second lockdown, I am broken hearted because I have found no more jollies in my pocket to save the work positions of some colleagues. Who is next?” she asked adding it all depended on her, you and us.
This has been a difficult year for restaurants worldwide but for Hisa Franko, which was riding the crest of the wave with more international acclaim as well as 2 Michelin stars, the new lockdown comes as a blow.
“The fight with COVID-19 is not over yet and given the colder season, our government is taking stricter measures on a weekly basis to stop the spread of the virus.”
One of the measures announced is that of closing down certain activities including restaurants and hotels or facilities that offer accomodation.
“We have decided with a heavy heart to close Hisa Franko from Saturday 24 October to Thursday 3 December. We hope the situation will calm down by then and we can operate again as from 4 December. In case we need to change or postpone the opening date, we will inform you,” the restaurant said.
“If you are interested in booking an experience in the season 2021/22, bookings will be available through our online reservation system in the beginning of November 2020.”
Hisa Franko told their customers to stay tuned as they had new projects in progress.