The company has already tested pop-up restaurants in cities like Paris, London, and Oslo, and is investing in the food part of the business by diversifying and expanding its already-popular menu, which now includes items like a $2 Swedish breakfast, stuffed chicken breasts, and racks of BBQ ribs, but there are no official plans in motion for the company to move into the standalone restaurant space quite yet. However, it appears to be at least mulling it over. As IKEA Food's managing director Michael La Cour told FastCompany, "I firmly believe there is potential. I hope in a few years our customers will be saying, ‘IKEA is a great place to eat — and, by the way, they also sell some furniture."
In an email to Thrillist, a company spokesperson provided more clarification: “IKEA Food is continuously thinking of how to meet the growing interest in food among consumers and find ways to meet them where they are. While we have experimented with new ways of enjoying IKEA food – including through pick-up points and pop up restaurant events in London, Paris and Toronto -- no decisions on standalone restaurants have been made at this time.”