Burglars loot wine cellar of Michelin-starred Danish restaurant

Burglars stole dozens of bottles of vintage wine worth some 200,000 euros from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen, the owners said Monday.

Burglars loot wine cellar of Michelin-starred Danish restaurant
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

A gaping hole in the wall in the wine cellar of the Formel B restaurant — which has one star in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide — greeted the owners on Monday morning.

Rune Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe-Møller said in a Facebook post that they noticed between 50 and 60 bottles were missing, but were still going over their inventory.

The burglars broke into the wine cellar through an adjacent wine shop from which they did not steal anything, Arpe-Møller told news agency Ritzau.

“The thieves specifically went after our rare wines with very high market value,” the owners wrote in the post.

The restaurateurs estimated the value of the haul, mainly bottles of Romanee-Conti from France's Burgundy region — one of the world's most expensive wines — at upwards of 1.5 million Danish kroner (200,000 euros).

“It is a close to irreplaceable collection of wines we have spent many years building, that has disappeared in a single night,” the owners said in the post, encouraging followers to share the message in the hopes of “miraculously” recovering the wines.

Copenhagen police told AFP that an investigation had been opened.

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Cafés and restaurants reopen in Denmark

Cafés and restaurants reopened across Denmark on Monday morning, bringing back some of the pastry-loving nation's most treasured institutions.

Cafés and restaurants reopen in Denmark
A server outside the Copenhagen institution Conditori La Glace. Photo: Robin Skjoldborg/Visit Denmark
Frigga Rytter was the first guest at Mad & Kaffe, in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district on Monday morning.  
“I've really missed it, because this is something I did all the time with my family,” she told Denmark's state broadcaster. “It's so fantastic that things are beginning to quietly open up.”  
A selection of Danish Wienerbrød. Photo: Maria Nielsen/Visit Denmark
The reopening comes with new guidelines, requiring restaurants and cafés to ensure that each sitting customer has two square metres to themselves, and that there are no groups of more than ten. 
There needs to be a distance of at least one metre between tables, or some sort of protection, such as a plastic screen. 
There also needs to be “easy access to hand hygiene”. 
“It will be like a game of Tetris, but we have to get the pieces together,” Anders Aagaard, founder and owner of Madklubben, which operates 25 restaurants, told DR on Sunday. ''
He said that opening up was going to be a challenge. 
“If you've helped open a restaurant, then you'll know how hard it is. And having to open 25, when 13 have been hibernating for two months, it is a special form of torture,” he joked.