Michelin-starred Swedish restaurant to close

Edsbacka Krog, one of only two Swedish restaurants currently in possession of two Michelin stars, is to close, the luxury Stockholm eatery said in a statement on Thursday.

The restaurant, located in Sollentuna in northern Stockholm, is to close its doors for good on February 27th 2010 after 27 years of successful operation.

Edsbacka Krog was operated until 2008 by Christer Lingström and was the first Swedish restaurant to receive two stars in the prestigious Guide Michelin.

The restaurant was taken over by its staff in November 2008 and managed to retain its two Michelin stars in the 2009 edition of the guidebook.

Edsbacka lost its exclusive status in the guide however as it was joined by Mathias Dahlgren’s Matsalen in Stockholm’s Grand Hotel.

The first restaurant was opened on the site by the picturesque Edsviken in Sollentuna by royal charter in 1626.

A decision in 1853 to revoke the popular inn’s licence to serve spirits ultimately sounded the death knell for the watering hole located near the main Stockholm to Uppsala road, and its doors closed in 1872.

After 111 years Christer Lingström re-opened a restaurant on the site in 1983 and under his tutelage it rose to claim its place as Sweden’s premier eatery.

Lingström explained the decision to close in a statement on the restaurant’s homepage saying that the time had come for fresh challenges.

Edsbacka Bistro, located directly opposite will remain open, with a further branch in Strängnäs, north-east of Stockholm.

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