Rasmus Lunkov Marquart: ”I feel it is quite a rollercoaster”

Rasmus Lunkov Marquart.
Andreas Grube
Published 07-June-2021
Interview / Denmark

Denmark is already more or less fully re-opened. Still, Star Wine List's Denmark ambassador Rasmus Lunkov Marquart says he is afraid that the closed borders will have a huge impact on many restaurants.

”The last decade, the big cities of Denmark, and especially Copenhagen, have seen increasing numbers of tourists. Most of them are coming to dine and drink and without them many places, if not all, will be hurt.”

What's the mood in Denmark right now? ”I feel it is quite a rollercoaster, everybody is obvious happy to open, but with a constant fear that the government will close areas/communes any time. You can feel the happiness of the guys being back in their right environment.”

The re-opening, is it step by step? What's the plan, when will Denmark be fully open again?
”Denmark is more or less fully opened. Restaurants and bars are allowed to be open, but night clubs are still closed. The government has made life a little extra tough for the restaurants with various restrictions, which is difficult for many venues to follow.”

Are there many places that are closed, or have most of them survived?
”I am unfortunately afraid that in Denmark we will see most of the close-downs in the upcoming period. The government has covered salaries during the lockdown, but with a significant waiting period, which has meant many restaurants has had to cover salaries from own pocket, and therefore getting shorter on the liquidity.”

”Now when they are reopening they are facing a large interest from the Danes, but the boarders are still closed which definitely will have a huge impact on many restaurants. The last decade, the big cities of Denmark, and especially Copenhagen, have seen increasing numbers of tourists. Most of them are coming to dine and drink and without them many places, if not all, will be hurt.”

What's the first wine place you want to visit now after the re-opening?
”I am currently in Los Angeles, but if I were in Copenhagen I would definitely pass by Anarki for wine.”

Anything you want to add?
”Remember to support all restaurants and suppliers, both when purchasing and planning a day out. We unfortunately see more and more people ordering wine from abroad which obviously won't help the small importers. And, let's get the borders opened!”

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