If Pelikan originally was a restaurant for older men, it has a mixed Södermalm audience today.
“The location with the closeness to the Globe, Göta Lejon, and other theaters means that many take the opportunity to eat and drink here when they’re going to a concert or theater. And also, we’re a Bajen restaurant. Before the first home game of the season, we’re always fully booked,” says Juha.
For those who don’t keep track of the Swedish football league, Bajen (or the official name Hammarby IF) is the football club that was founded on Södermalm in 1915.
Several generations also come here to eat and socialize together.
“We have many regulars who have come here regularly for many decades. It’s not uncommon to hear that someone who’s now in their 70s says that they came here with their father as an 18-year-old,” says Juha.
And Pelikan is really a true Södermalm restaurant made for large groups and long sittings with a lot of food, a lot of drinks, and a great hangout.
“Good food and drink are important, but the company is the main thing,” Juha concludes.