Noma Restaurant is Closing; Here's why

Food establishments and businesses always have the busiest workplaces. Adding to that if the restaurant happens to be known worldwide, people *literally* come and go. These long and intensive hours of work may have affected the world’s best restaurant — Noma. The Noma restaurant closes after two decades of running, now let’s discuss how their decision turned to close the business — here’s why. Also, what happens to the Noma restaurant? Read more to find out.

Why is Noma restaurant closing?

The fine dining restaurant in Copenhagen chose to close its doors for regular service comes the end of the year 2024. The Copenhagen creator and chef, René Redzepi, mentions this decision in an interview with The New York Times.

  • Noma turned into a full fine-dining restaurant offering at least $500 per head to enjoy its multi-course meal. Most of the time (to always), Noma focuses on gastro tourists, having them schedule a table for their visit to the country.
  • Moreover, the reason for the abrupt move is the treatment of the workers. Noma and other high-class restaurants are under close watch, as many of the workers may be paid poorly or to the extent of receiving nothing. Mind you, these workers create and serve dainty dishes to their consumers.
Noma Restaurant, noma team
Photo Courtesy of noma
  • Noma restaurant faces unsustainability as their business and work require a lot of labor, long working hours, and expensive cost in maintaining and preparing the restaurant itself.
  • The main cause of the decision to reinvent Noma is the sustainability crisis they go through. Chef Redzepi states that paying around 100 employees, all while maintaining high standards is not possible.

“Financially and emotionally, as an employer and as a human being, it just doesn’t work.” René Redzepi

  • Aside from the financial struggle, but also Chef Redzepi’s ill workplace behavior. In an interview in 2015, Redzepi mentions bullying his employees in a large part of his career. 16-hour labor, a bad-tempered head chef, unpaid employees, and high standards certainly do not go well in an exquisite fine-dining restaurant.

What happens to Noma?

It may close its doors to diners, but Noma reinvents itself into a “giant lab” which would be called Noma 3.0. This thought came to Chef Redzepi two years ago — during the pandemic — and started planning before as well.

  • A pioneering test kitchen dedicated to the work of food innovation and the development of new flavors, one that will share the fruits of our efforts more widely than ever before,” as written on their website, would happen to Noma 3.0.
Noma 3.0 website
Image Courtesy of noma 3.0
  • The 3.0 lab would test, create, and sell these dishes using an e-commerce platform. An occasional pop-up restaurant would also happen. If you’re wondering if the whole Noma team joins this reinvention, yes.

“All of our team will join this next chapter. One of the main reasons we are making this change, is so that we can become a more sustainable workplace for our team and for us to grow together.” – Noma

More about the Copenhagen restaurant

Noma introduced the New Nordic style of cooking when it opened in 2003. Claus Meyer and René Redzepi along with the Noma team relied on local ingredients which require meticulous preparation.

  • In 2021, Noma won the top spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Way back in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, Restaurant Magazine ranked Noma as the Best Restaurant in the World.
  • In case you want to know more about Noma, the staff, its menu, and how to book a table, you may head directly to the Noma website. On the other hand, a new website for Noma 3.0 is also active, so you may read there to know how things would turn out in 2024!
Photo Courtesy of noma

Have you gone and tried the dishes at Noma? Or are you having any plans to go to Copenhagen before it closes?

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SOURCES: The New York Times, Noma, Noma 3.0
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