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Table-to-farm: Noma is closing. And turning into a farm.

Table-to-farm: Noma is closing. And turning into a farm.
Rene Redzepi plans to close Noma, his Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen, and reopen it as an urban garden, and restaurant, in 2017. (Dresling Jens / Associated Press)

We've all heard of farm-to-table. The concept of bringing fresh farm produce to your dinner table has dominated the culinary world, and our own Los Angeles restaurant scene, for the past decade. But René Redzepi, the chef at Noma — the lauded Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen known for foraging and fermenting — is about to turn the familiar concept on its head.

Redzepi is closing Noma, his 12-year-old restaurant that was named Restaurant Magazine's best restaurant in the world four times, and plans to reopen it as an urban garden, just outside of Christiania, a neighborhood in Copenhagen. The restaurant's last night of service in its current location (in København K) is planned for New Year's Eve 2016.

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"It makes sense to do it here," Redzepi told the New York Times.  "It makes sense to have your own farm, as a restaurant of this caliber."

His ambitions include a greenhouse on the roof and to have at least a portion of the farm float. The restaurant will be located somewhere on the farm property.

Beginning in late December, the staff at Noma will move to Sydney, Australia, to do a pop-up, similar to the sold-out, five-week stint Redzepi and his crew staged in Tokyo earlier this year.

The new Noma, with an entirely new menu and floating farm, is scheduled to reopen in 2017.

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