Next week, Fredrik Berselius will close his Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant Aska inside Kinfolk Studios, with plans to reopen the project in a new space. Although Berselius and his team have not found a new location yet, the chef tells Eater that the overall style of service and cuisine won't change much. Berselius explains:
We will keep the menus a similar format and length. It's a move for Aska, not a different restaurant. A lot still depends on the location we find. We aren't looking at huge spaces, but likely something larger than what we've been working with.The current layout of Aska has about 20 seats in the dining room plus a bar, and the space is used as a coffee shop during the day.
When asked if he's moving because of the difficulties involved with sharing the space, the chef explains:
That is part of the reason. It's an amazing space and there is a lot going on there. We did our best to make the most of it with Aska. Now we are looking for a location of our own that allows us to improve on what we started and create an even better experience for our guests.If everything goes according to plan, Aska 2.0 should open later this year in another location in the neighborhood. Last month, Berselius was named a semifinalist for the Best Chef NYC James Beard Award. No word yet on whether Kinfolk Studios will install another restaurant in the space once Aska leaves.
Aska will serve its last meals at Kinfolk Studios on March 19.
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