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31/01/2022 - Happy New Year of the Tiger! 虎年快樂!

As Studio Chen describes, its the year of the Tiger -- caught in a tropical storm but still running through the forest, waiting for the rain to pass. 

The tropical storm is the after-effects of Covid. Indeed, life might be "back to normal" for politicians, but the restaurant industry is deep in recovery mode. Covid-related sickness are in abundance, and no one is completely immune to its effects.

But the rain clouds do seem to be passing. We have renewed both leases at Way Down South and Gressholmen for an extended 5 years - meaning we continue to make our mark for the next 10 years.

We have also received an abundance of great press recently - from Vaquera Verde being named as Oslo's best taco -- to TIME Magazine calling La Mayor "One of the Worlds Best". Even more recently, the Global Food & Drink editor of TimeOut listed La Mayor as one of the Best 23 New Restaurants to open in the world!

Lastly, we have received a grant from the city to continue investing and developing our wonderful team. Several in the team will be pursuing their WSET Wine & Spirits education this year, and we have lined up some BBQ + Mexican cuisine study trips. Our goal is to continue pushing the envelope in the Oslo food scene, despite all (Corona) odds.

Here´s to 2022!

01/12/2020 - Covid-19 Update

Due to the latest restrictions on alcohol-serving, all Core restaurants with the exception of Vaquera Verde will remain closed indefinitely. 

VV will reopen on January fifth to the public. You can also support the business by buying gift cards, mezcal and tequila tasting packages and brunch packages here.

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01/05/2020 - Covid-19 Update

Its been a glorious past few weeks as Oslo has finally reopened. Our three venues Way Down South, Vaquera Verde and Gressholmen Kro have outdoor seating for between one - two hundred guests. Check out FB and IG for the latest menus, promotions and info!

We are also hiring new talent for the summer, and intake for the Fall season! We have open applications for both front and back of house. Send a cover letter and CV to ann(@)

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07/11/2021 - Autumn Update

We have had an energetic start to the fall! 

Way Down South has reopened on Tuesdays with what we believe to be the city's best Fried Chicken :)


La Mayor and Vaquera Verde are picking up steam after some lovely reviews (6/6 in Dagbladet, "Oslo's best Taco"). We are busy in the kitchen pushing new menu additions and happy with out organic growth.


Gressholmen Kro is closed for the season, but doesn't mean we´re not preparing for the expansion next summer. The new electric ferries will be increasing capacity to the island, and we are already underway plans with Oslo Kommune.


Julebord season is also near, and our calendars are filling up fast. We can't wait to have a full festive celebration this year, as a pre-cursor to long-awaited chef's inspiration trip to Mexico in January 2022.

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01/01/2021 - Happy New Year of the Ox!


For all of us at The Core, this new year has been reigned in with a sense of relief and hope. After all, what could be worse then the hailstorm on our industry in 2020? While the service industry has suffered one of the most unexpected downturns in decades, at the same time it has made entrepreneurs more resourceful, more creative, and more resilient then ever.

Times of crises also are subtle reminders to be grateful for what we have. The Core family has been tremendous in supporting each other through this period, and are looking forward to getting back to work and doing what we do best. Serving the food we love, bringing smiles to our customers' faces and welcoming a new era of growth.

We wish all our partners, suppliers and guests an abundant and prosperous 2021Keep an eye on our Facebook page for our latest updates. 

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