An old Shell gas station in the East Iceland town of Egilsstaðir has just been reopened as an American-style diner, mbl.is reports.
With red and white vinyl booths, mint-green walls, and 50s music on the jukebox, Skálinn Diner aims to channel an iconic era in American history—as if it had been “clipped right out of Grease,” explained manager Björn Berg Pálsson. But it also incorporates some distinctly Icelandic touches: you can, for instance, order plokkfiskur, a traditional Icelandic fish and potato stew, alongside your American-style pancakes, banana splits, and milkshakes.
The diner, which is owned by the East Iceland-based 701 Hotels chain, has only been open for two weeks, but Björn Berg says the reception has already been “far beyond our wildest dreams.” They’ve even had to get emergency food deliveries because demand has been so high. The diner has appealed to people across demographics: the largest group of visitors so far has been teens, followed by older people who are eager to listen to their favorite oldies and take a step back in time. The diner has also appealed to both locals and tourists alike. Björn Berg said that East Icelanders have traveled from all around the region to visit the restaurant and American tourists have left enthusiastic messages on its Facebook page. “They love it.”