Nonnabiti Closes After 27 Years - A Shock To Reykjavík's Nighthawks - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Nonnabiti Closes After 27 Years – A Shock To Reykjavík’s Nighthawks

Published September 20, 2019

Lea Müller

Nonnabiti, the legendary downtown sub shop, ceases operations after 27 years of catering to locals and tourists alike. The budget-friendly restaurant was especially popular among nighthawks due to its long opening hours.

In a status update on Facebook, the owners of Nonnabiti stated that they had sold the property on Hafnarstræti and were thus no longer operating in downtown Reykjavík. They thanked their customers for almost three decades of enjoying their services and pointed out that they are, however, still operating a branch in Bæjarlind in Kópavogur, where they hope to see some familiar faces from downtown in the future.

The disappearance of Nonnabiti from downtown Reykjavík will leave a gap that won’t be easy to fill. Anyone who enjoys the nightlife in the city descended upon their location for a late-night snack at one point or another, thanks to their long opening hours. Nighthawks now will have to find a new place where they can get reasonably priced, juicy burgers, sandwiches and the famous bacon boat which was the most popular dish among customers. The call “Allt á baconbát!“ – in English “Everything on a bacon boat!”, was perhaps the most heard slogan in their halls.

Where to now?
If you are planning to go out in downtown Reykjavík in the future, don’t panic. It might be some time until you will be reunited with your beloved bacon boat that was available at Nonnabiti, but there are still some very delicious and budget-friendly late-night options available if you are just a little flexible. Mandi is, for instance, a good choice if you’re craving kebab, and Devito’s Pizza is also open until 3:00.

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