Oslo’s tourism industry doesn’t like it, but most of the capital’s top gourmet restaurant have already begun closing for lengthy summer holidays. The only restaurant featured in the Michelin guide book that will remain open for business is the two-star Maaemo in Oslo’s Grønland district.
Restauant Fauna, Ylajali, Feinschmecker, Statholdergaarden and its kro in the cellar are among the long list of popular places to eat out that are allowing themselves several weeks off. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Fauna, for example, is closed from June 28 until August 3.
Fru K, inside The Thief hotel at Tjuvholmen, is taking nearly two months off, until August 31. Most, like Bristol Grill, Palmen and Eik Annen Etage, are closing for a month.
Many argue that since they cater to business patrons on company expense accounts, their market is off on holiday as well during much of July. Others complain that Oslo loses the chance to show off most of its top restaurants during the height of the tourist season. Espen Holmboe Bang of Maaemo, which specializes in locally grown food, added that he doesn’t want to close when the food selection is best in the summer.