Sad news for all Oslo foodies! Pjoltergeist is closing. Yes, the best casual restaurant in town without comparison, and my personal favorite in Oslo, is shutting the doors for good. I knew this day had to come one day, but I was hoping it would be closer to 2028 than 2018. According to several sources, the restaurant will have its last opening day on June 2nd in 2018.
I don’t wanna speculate on the reasons for the shutdown, but it’s unlikely to be economic causes. Dackel & Son AS had an income of more than 10 million NOK in 2016 with a profit of 1,3 million. Most likely, the rent in Rosteds gate 15 B (the only restaurant address I know by heart) has been quite low, seeing as how the neighbors are mostly kebab restaurants, Thai massage parlors, and a sex shop. The guys at Pjoltergeist have allowed themselves almost three months of summer holiday every year, which is unheard of in the restaurant business.
It could be as simple as the trio, Atli Mar Yngavason, Susanne Låstad, and Sverre Bøyum being tired of the current concept. Quitting while they are on top like Jerry Seinfeld? In the case of Pjoltergeist, I would rather have seen them playing until the bitter end like the Rolling Stones. Sadly, head chef Atli Mar Yngavasson has confirmed these rumors.
A little bird also told me that Atli and the LAVA Restaurant Group might have some plans together next year, but this has neither been confirmed nor denied. It makes sense, though, seeing as how Atli is a good friend of Even Ramsvik – having previously worked as his sous chef at the now-closed restaurant Ylajali. That would mean that Susanne and Sverre are on their own, to develop a new project, or perhaps return to Bergen where they originally started their careers. Only time will tell. I will update this story if I get more details.
I guess the question is not if, but how many times will you book a table before Pjoltergeist closes for good? Feel free to join me in my mourning of this Oslo institution in the comments below.
What a shame; it’s an Oslo institution! So glad I got to experience it and hope to again before they close…
Every week until they close! O.O
Fantastisk restaurant! This is a shame. Pjoltergeist has together with a few other restaurants in oslo contributed to a revolution in the interess and the progress of Norways restaurants.
Making it interesting for foodies around the world, and really putting Oslo on the map.
We are Sorry to se it go,and we hope theese people Can suprise us with Something in the future.
Hopefully, they will, but I sure am going to miss that place.
Sad! I’m going in May so hopefully will get to experience it before it closes – do you know if they take reservations or is it a no reservations place? I need to book one!
Hi Maggie! Happy to hear you will get to experience this place once, at least. Check my article from earlier with all info on how to book. Points 8 and 9 specifically will answer your questions 🙂
Hello again! So our group also has a 1 year old tagging along – which means we either have to split up or go somewhere else… I’m across the world so was wondering what you would recommend for dinner in Pjoltergeist’s place if my nephew is coming? We were thinking Brutus, Fyr Bistronomi or Arakataka instead. Thanks for your help! Love your blog 🙂
Thanks, Maggie <3
Unfortunately, I'm not your top expert on the topic of bringing kids to restaurants, sorry. Not Brutus, for sure. Perhaps Fyr is ok with it. Call and ask to be sure 🙂
Someone in the biz told told me today that the Pjoltergeist-team is partnering up with Even Ramsvik, taking over the corner of Kristian Augusts where the Caribbean restaurant Lemongrass is located., The plan is to establish a high end grill-restaurant opening in August.
Cheers, Bård. That adds more detail to the rumor I have currently listed. Highly appreciated!
Managed to get a table to dine there one more time yesterday. Big crowd at the door before they started the dinner service – we are certainly not the only ones that would like to experience this place one more time before they close for good. oh lord the food was THAT good and adventurous, not mentioning the relaxing and unpretentious vibe!! It was definitely an exhilarating, if not a little melancholic(knowing this would probably the last time) experience.
Happy you got to experience it! Was there the last night myself. Totally crowded. Luckily, Atli will still cook for us in Oslo 🙂