Noma 2.0, the sequel to René Redzepi’s renowned Copenhagen eatery, is no longer set to open in December 2017. On Sept. 13, Bloomberg food critic Richard Vines tweeted that the opening would be moved forward to mid-January after builders at the future site of the restaurant discovered an ancient stone wall buried beneath the ground. The statement was later confirmed on Noma’s website.
“These things are fairly common in a city that is over 900 years old, but we dutifully brought archaeologists out to the site to inspect the wall and determine its origins,” it said. Ultimately, researchers found the finding to be insignificant, and work resumed, “but for that reason, we are delayed until mid-January with the opening.”
On the bright side, the Noma team is extending the life of their outdoor pop-up “Under the Bridge” through Nov. 12. One seat costs $200 for a five-course meal and drinks. Torsten Vildgaard, who worked as a chef at Noma for seven years, and the former head baker of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, Richard Hart, will join the eatery’s roster temporarily to lend a hand and help create the pop-up’s new fall menu. Hart is also opening his own bakery in Copenhagen. For more awesome eats across the pond, check out the 101 best restaurants in Europe for 2017.