Copenhagen – The latest pop-up restaurant from Danish conceptual dining outfit I’m a Kombo offered diners the novel experience of sharing a meal with a stranger.
Located at Copenhagen Airport, restaurant Hallo Hello was conceived with the knowledge that more than 50% of travellers fly alone.
‘It was all about bringing people together and giving them mutual ground for interaction,’ Bo Lindegaard, co-founder of I’m a Kombo, tells LS:N Global. ‘We’re trying to design environments that encourage people to start talking.’
At the pop-up restaurant, which was open from August to September 2014, guests were treated to a three-course meal prepared by a top chef and encouraged to sit opposite each other.
Each diner was a given a tray that doubled as half of a table, completed when another guest sat opposite them. The desserts, by Hotel Chocolat, were packaged in a goodie bag to enjoy on the flight.
‘We approached the concept with two things in mind,’ Lindegaard tells LS:N Global. ‘There was the practical part, which is dealing with the fact you are at an airport – you can’t roast, you can’t fry, you can’t make a mess because you are right next to fancy shops. It had to be very practical, but without compromising the flavour.’
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