The restaurant is based on Nic’s Taverna from Mamma Mia and Bjorn Ulvaeus promises diners “a really good party”.
The members of ABBA have got back together for the first time in years at the opening of a new restaurant themed around the band.
The restaurant, called Mamma Mia – The Party, is the brainchild of Bjorn Ulvaeus, singer-songwriter and former husband of blonde bombshell Agnetha Faltskog.
The Stockholm restaurant is based on Nico’s Taverna, from the Mamma Mia play and subsequent film, and is expected to tap in to the huge fan base the band still has.
Diners will be treated to Greek food, music and dancing.
“This is a story about Nico’s, the guy that owns the taverna that we’re in and his staff and his wife and his daughter,” Ulvaeus said as he arrived for the opening.
“So it’s not the Mamma Mia story at all, but it’s inspired, it’s in the Mamma Mia world.”
He continued: “There’s a certain party mood in both the stage musical and the movie and people, at the end of the show, they are very happy, they’re standing up in the aisle and they are dancing.
“And the idea was to try to take that with us into a restaurant environment – a Greek restaurant – and have a really good party.”
All four former members of the Swedish group were in town for the premiere but rejected the idea that they would ever be performing together.
When asked how it felt to be at an ABBA event, Benny Andersson said: “This is not an ABBA event. It’s not, so it doesn’t feel like that. We shall see.”
Anni-Fri Lynstad, asked if she planned to be on stage during the evening laughed and said: “I’m sure we will, all of us.”
Agnetha Faltskog, too, seemed to be in a cheerful mood. Talking about the restaurant and its theme, she said: “It will be lovely, I’m sure. I think I’ve heard them (the songs) before.”
It is the first time since 2008 that the four performers have been seen publicly together.
The pop group was formed in 1972 and became one of the most successful acts ever after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, but eventually broke up in 1982.
Andersson and Ulvaeus went on to continue their song-writing success for stage musicals.
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