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Feud closes top Oslo restaurant

Wine being poured
Mr Hellstrom is expected to open a restaurant of his own

Oslo's only Michelin-listed restaurant will close before Christmas after the main chef and all the staff resigned.

Eyvind Hellstrom, who spent the last 27 years building up Bagatelle Restaurant, stepped down after falling out with the owner, Christen Sveaas.

After the celebrity chef said he would depart, his staff of 20 also resigned.

Mr Sveaas, one of Norway's richest people, who had long been a regular customer before he became the owner a few years ago, called it "mutiny".

Feud continues

Mr Hellstrom told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv that Mr Sveaas had failed to make enough funds available both during tough times and when the business was going well.

Mr Sveaas dismissed this claim, insisting that he had lost several hundred thousand pounds during his years as owner, a price he said had been worth paying to contribute to Oslo's gastronomy landscape.

In the future, the two could become rivals.

Mr Sveaas has vowed to eventually reopen the restaurant, while Mr Hellstrom is expected to open one of his own.



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