The Frantzén Group, which runs three-Michelin-starred modern Nordic-Japanese restaurant Zén, is expanding its footprint in Singapore. It will open a casual outpost, Victoria by mid-next year in Singapore. The restaurant will be housed in Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall.

The expansion comes close to four years after Swedish celebrity chef Björn Frantzén, who runs the flagship three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, opened Zén, which marked his Asian debut.

According to Aaron Jacobson, Zén’s General Manager, the concept of the new restaurant will be styled after Brasserie Astoria in Stockholm, which is a part of The Frantzén Group. Brasserie Astoria, which is located in a former cinema, is a casual restaurant and cocktail bar and serves classic dishes that hark back to French and Italian cuisines such as Caesar salad, pesto rigatoni and pizzas. The group also likes how the name ‘Victoria’ rhymes with ‘Astoria’. More details on the cuisine and menu of Victoria will be revealed at a later date. 

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Upcoming restaurant openings in Shanghai and London

The Frantzén Group, which currently has three restaurants in Sweden, is also bolstering its presence in Asia. After opening Villa Frantzén, a modern Nordic restaurant and bar with Asian influences in Bangkok in June, it will open a fine-dining restaurant in Shanghai in the next six to eight months. The group will also open Studio Frantzén, a state-of-the-art restaurant in the iconic Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, London later this year.

Björn Frantzén, chef-founder of The Frantzén Group says: “We are very excited to be breaking into new markets and expanding in existing ones. As our family expands all around the world, we also look forward to do our small part to help push the industry towards a more positive future.” 

Watch this space for more updates.

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