Tuesday, September 11, 2012

News Elsewhere: And Now, a "Pop-Down" Restaurant

Most folks have heard of pop-up restaurants (temporary dining spots that reside in shops, public spaces, other restaurants, schools, etc.). But a new eatery in Finland is doing the opposite; it is a temporary "pop-down" restaurant that is literally an underground hangout.

An article this week in the Boston Globe mentions that Muru (which stands for "crumb" in Finnish) is a restaurant in Lohja that is located 260 feet below ground in a 115-year-old limestone mine. The dining spot features such dishes as veal tenderloin, salted salmon, snails, and apple crumble, with a prix fixe four-course dinner costing the equivalent of $160 (drinks and round-trip transportation from nearby Helsinki into the mine are included).

The 64-seat pop-down restaurant will call it a day on Sept. 29, according to the Globe.