Finns open pop-down restaurant in limestone mine


Finns open pop-down restaurant in limestone minetaurant of the year has turned the popular "pop-up" restaurant idea upside-down and gone underground -- 80 meters (260 feet) down a mine.

Discerning food lovers are being served salted salmon, veal tenderloin and apple crumble for 10 evenings in the "pop-down" restaurant in the small, southern town of Lohja (LOU-ya), 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Helsinki.

A four-course evening meal costs €128 ($160), including drinks and transport to the limestone mine and back.

The 64-seat restaurant is expecting brisk business from the moment it opens Monday evening. Managers say it is fully booked until the experiment ends on Sept. 29.