On the byroad between Copenhagen and Roskilde, you will find Sallie’s Restaurant & Snack Bar, founded in 1955 by the American Sallie Zimmerhackel - and still a very unique time warp. 65 years later, the concept was expanded, and we built our new restaurant Sallie’s Race Lounge on top of the world’s largest indoor go-kart track.
The décor, style and food are still as they were in the 50’s - greatly inspired by Sallie’s childhood in Denver, Colorado. As the first person ever in Denmark, Sallie imported the cheeseburger - and today, large parts of the dishes on our menu are directly inspired by what Sallie served back then.
You can enjoy Sallie’s Original Cheeseburger, Art Ingels Cheeseburger, various steaks, fish ‘n’ chips, pulled pork, Sallie’s American Style Barbecue Ribs and a series of other dishes, vegetarian ones too.
Sallie's Original Cheeseburger and Milkshakes
Amongst our drinks, we have various high-quality milkshakes, e.g. Sallie’s Original Coffee shake, which journalist Lise Nørgaard was offered when she visited the place for the daily newspaper, Politiken, in 1955 at the opening. The article from back then now hangs on the wall and it gives a sense of the unique character which Sallie’s Snack Bar was - and still is to this day.
Over the years, the restaurant has been through many updates to keep up with the times. But up to the 60th anniversary in 2015, we completed a radical “old-fashioned” modernization. We started over - studied everything we could from photos, historical material and accounts from guests and friends of the establishment who knew Sallie and visited the place when it opened up on a bare field in Albertslund in 1955 as something else entirely.
We ended up ripping everything out of the restaurant and then rebuilt it from the ground up. The windows were enlarged so they brighten the slightly dark and intimate 50’s style on the walls and ceilings.
Torben Nielsen who works as a stage manager on film projects, but who is also an architect and a fervent 50’s fan, took on the task of organizing the entire décor. Torben has been on the hunt in the most impossible places to recreate the milieu from the 50’s down to the smallest detail. He has found many original items but when this has not been possible, he has found something that closely resembles the original.
The furniture is produced with a look and design especially for Sallie’s Restaurant & Snack Bar.