It is with great pride that Fursetgruppen and Grand Cafí© Oslo welcome new and old guestsæonce again to Grand Cafí© restaurant and their wine cellar. Theædoors open on Thursday 20th October at 4pm. æBoth Fursetgruppen and Grand Cafí© Oslo are humble and proud to help continue and create a newæcultural history with Grand Cafí©.
-We’ve been looking forward to finally being able to reopenæGrand Cafí© and we are happy to welcome everyone backæsays Marketing and Communications manager inæFursetgruppen restaurant group Marianne Nygí«rd-Hansen.
The new Grand Cafí© will be a restaurant with a uniqueæatmosphere. High ceilings and grand spaces are ready toæwelcome old and new guests. The two head chefs AlexanderæíÖstli Berg and Christofer Bengtsson are in charge of theækitchen staff.
The kitchen is open plan so that guests can view the chefsæpreparing food using ingredients mainly from Scandinaviaæbut with guest appearances from other parts of the world.æThe head chefs focus on great flavours and hints at excitingædishes.
-The team is really looking forward to seeing how GrandæCafí© will once again come alive and become Oslo’s naturalæhot spot. It will be great to experience a fully and newlyærenovated Grand Cafí© and to hear the guests’ opinions onæboth the food and the dí©cor. We hope that we will surpriseæeveryone – positively says general manager Anine Tenníe.
The wine cellar
Now you can find a large open wine cellar in what wasæpreviously the Bonanza nightclub at Grand Hotel. A wineæconcept with room for a considerable collection of greatæwines at different prices. You can enjoy a class of wine inæcosy and rustic surroundings while eating snacks like hamæand cheese from the bar. Led by chef sommelier FabioæBorgianni who has broad experience from different food andæwine concepts. The wine cellar will also be home to smallæand large parties wine tastings and wine courses and hasætwo sí©parí©es of different sizes.
We’ve focused on keeping the historic lines by for exampleæuncovering and recreating Lars Backer’s decorated ceilingsæin addition to renovating the Thonet chairs which have beenæa Grand Cafí© staple for decades. At the same time we haveæfocused on the interior decorating with contemporaryæreferences to create a Grand Cafí© not only embrasing historyæbut also today. Guests can marvel over the sight of the threeæfamous Krohg paintings that are still present and even moreævisible today. Art history is still an integral part of the spaceæand our goal is for it to be passed on by people from theæpresent. We greatly respect history but at the same time it isæour responsibility to create a Grand Cafí© suitable for ourætime.
– Our starting point has been the colourful people andæinteresting diversity of guests from all parts of society whoæhave visited Grand Cafí©. The restaurant has been a uniqueæmeeting point and an arena for socializing regardless ofæsocial position for over a 100 years. Several of theseæcharacters are visible in the painting ‘Kristianiabohemen’æby Per Krogh – well-known authors artists and otheræcentral people living their spiritual lives at Grand Cafí©ætowards the end of the 19th century.æWe’ve focused on interior dí©cor communications solutionsæand a visual expression for continuing and managing theæcultural inheritance says Bjírn Tore Furset owner ofæFursetgruppen.
To embrace history further a photo art direction has alsoæbeen developed as a supplement to the painting – as a clearæreference between past and present. Norwegianæphotographer Baard Lunde is behind the photos that can beæfound on different surfaces like the foyer.
Top photo: Christian Rignes and Bjírn Tore FursetæbyæEivind Taksrud
Photos below byæStian Broch