IKEA’s eateries get a major update
The Swedish home furnishings superstore’s in-demand dining spots get a whole new look.
IKEA for date-night dinner? Sounds strange, but if a visit to the Swedish furniture superstore is anything like what we saw— and swooned over—in 500 Days of Summer, count us in.
Especially now that the budget friendly home furnishings behemoth has remodeled its 41 in-store restaurants nationwide to better cater to its growing customer base of restaurant patrons.
What changes will you see on your next stop into IKEA’s 16th Street NW location here in Atlanta? The all-important serving area remains intact, and the restaurant now features a new configuration that includes three different dining zones: one for quick dining, one suited specifically to families and a third that will facilitate a casual, social environment—which is to say, a departure from most restaurants’ typical organized-tables-and-chairs arrangement.
Now, to the good stuff: food (that’s mat in Swedish, just in case you’re brushing up). IKEA restaurants’ recently updated menu offerings include a wider variety of nutritious and sustainable food choices (think: veggie balls), as well as additions that are produced in a socially responsible manner. So, if you’re looking for something low-cal, you’ll find it here in the form of dishes such as quinoa sweet potato chili with black beans, and hot smoked salmon filets with fresh veggies. And don’t worry—despite the upcoming changes, IKEA customers’ forever favorite, those succulent Swedish meatballs served with mashed potatoes and a scoop of lingonberries, hasn’t gone anywhere.