Following Namkeen’s closure last week at Zeppelin Station, the RiNo food hall has announced its latest coming attraction: a Reykjavík-based restaurant that will serve beef tartare, spicy celeriac, fried cod, and more Icelandic specialties at its first American pop-up. Skál! (which translates to cheers) is a seasonal fast-fine food spot run by three friends at Reykjavík’s first food hall, Hlemmur Mathöll.
From February 22 to April 10, Skál! will take over Namkeen’s former corner at Zeppelin Station; next door to it, a retail shop will sell Icelandic goods from skincare to sweaters and puffins. It’s all part of Made in Reykjavík, the latest iteration of Zeppelin’s Made in a City pop-ups which also incorporate art exhibits and live music. According to Zeppelin Development’s Justin Croft and Mathieu Mudie, the food stall and retail shop combination should create an immersive experience akin to traveling direct from Denver to Iceland.
Speaking of that, Zeppelin is partnering with Icelandair — which offers direct flights from DIA to RKV — on the project. Diners and shoppers who purchase anything from Made in Reykjavík will be entered to win a trip to the tourist capital. To get Iceland makers on board in Denver, the Zeppelin team traveled there scouting food, drink, and all the handmade items.
Now the goal is to reimagine retail shopping, combine it with hard-to-find food and beverages, and get Denverites in droves out to the 38th and Blake RTD station. As for alcohol, Zeppelin Station’s two bars will be serving four special Made in Reykjavík cocktails. For anyone who has held a selfie stick in the Blue Lagoon, and for everyone else who still secretly wants to, here is a closer-to-home chance to drink up. The Bláa lónið (Blue Lagoon) will be made with Brennivín, mango brandy, blue curaçao, and citrus, or there will be a shot and a beer pairing Iceland’s national spirit together with the craft Einstök.
Diners can expect more visiting or city-specific restaurants to pop up at Zeppelin Station following Made in Reykjavík.
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