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Bjorn Ulvaeus’ ABBA themed restaurant gets go ahead despite protests

Bjorn Ulvaeus’ proposal to build an Abba themed restaurant in London has been backed by planning officials despite locals’ protests.
The Swedish musician submitted plans to open a branch of his Mamma Mia! The Party eatery near the South Bank tourist area and Waterloo station, the London train terminus that shares its name with one of ABBA’s biggest hits.
Officials from Lambeth council granted conditional planning permission to the restaurant, where diners will be able to feast on Mediterranean food while experiencing a tailored version of ABBA’s jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, at a meeting on Tuesday (07Nov17).
Lambeth planning bosses backed the Ulvaeus’ plans on the condition that the venue was only used for five years, “whilst plans are developed for the longer term use of the site.”
The decision came despite fierce protests from locals, who staged a protest outside the planning meeting. Council officials also received 198 letters of complaint over the plans.
In a press release announcing his restaurant proposals, Bjorn said,”The South Bank is the perfect place for Mamma Mia! The Party. The building could be used for other activities as well, outside Party hours, so we hope it would be an asset for the whole community.”
At the eatery, diners will sit down to a meal surrounded by decor that mimics the island of Skopelos, where the film version of the musical was shot. A sequel to the movie is currently in production ahead of a planned 2018 release.
A similar Mamma Mia! The Party restaurant opened in Stockholm, Sweden, in January last year (16).
ABBA members Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog publicly reuniting for the first time in nearly a decade for the grand opening.

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