Roughly Translated: the Zetterbergs are heading home, building a restaurant

Expressen’s Kvallsposten reports that Henrik Zetterberg and his wife Emma are heading home to southern Sweden, where the couple will take ownership of a set of Swedish sandwich shops.

What follows is roughly translated from Swedish:

Emma and Zata’s life change–from the dollar life to sandwiches

Henrik “Zata” Zetterberg, 39 and his wife Emma Zetterberg, 40, have left the United States and their many years of hockey life behind.

Now they are planning for a new Swedish career–as the owners of the sandwich shop in southern Sweden, Molle.

At the same time, the couple’s luxury home in Detroit has been put up for sale, with the starting price of 46,920,000 Swedish Kronor.

Henrik and Emma met through acquaintances 13 years ago. The acquaintances of the couple have told us that it was love at first sight.

At that time, Henrik was already a star with the Detroit Red Wings, an NHL team in the United States. Emma, whose last name was Andersson, had won the Swedish Robinson competition, and started a career as a TV presenter.

On July 23, 2010, the couple married in a church in Brunby in northwest Skana. Emma grew up in the area, and Henrik, originally from Sundsvall, quickly took the area to heart.

The lavish wedding lasted for three days, and among the guests were several of his teammates from the United States. The next day they got to try, among other things, what it was like to swim in the striped swimwear typical of Molle, where the cradle of Swedish bathing life once stood.

In the U.S., Emma quickly grew into the role of a hockey wife. The couple moved into a gigantic luxury villa that was purchased a year before the wedding, and has now been put up for sale for almost 47 million Swedish Kronor. The house is owned by Zetterberg’s personal foundation.

Lake view on the purchase

The villa, located north of Detroit, was built in 2005 and has 621 square meters of living space. Those who buy it get a lake view, a swimming pool and a putting green with their purchase.

At the same time, the Zetterberg couple and their soon-to-be-four-year-old son Love have moved back to Sweden.

Last September, “Zata” was forced to end his career after 16 years and over 1,000 games in the NHL.

With three years left on his twelve-year contract signed in 2009 for over 700 million Swedish Kronor, Henrik Zetterberg is considered to be one of the most successful Swedes ever in the NHL.

Already in 2009, the couple chose to buy their first property in Sweden–a small and older summer cottage on a magical little cliff edge near the Skalderviken.

Later, a new black summer house was clearly visible on the site. But the property was sold again after a while.

Instead, the couple focused their eyes on a much larger property in the heights above Molle. In 2014, Emma Zetterberg bought the current summer house on her own for 10.5 million Swedish Kronor.

Since 2013, Emma also owns a summer cottage in Valinge, near the sea north of Helsingborg. Her husband Henrik, for his part, owns a property in the Sundsvall municipality, purchased in 2005 for 3.35 million Swedish Kronor.

Luxury villa in Skane

But the really big investment is the year-round residence that the couple jointly acquired in December 2018 in the picturesque Skeppakroken, in the middle of the Bjare peninsula.

The property has clear features of Skanegard and has 396 square meters of living space. The prize was landed for 16.5 SEK.

It’s from here that the couple now plans their new joint Swedish family life. At present, only Emma and their son have been able to register at the address. Husband Henrik has so far only one address in Sweden.

But the very latest is an exciting and public investment–the plans for a private restaurant in Molle harbor.

“Emma is passionate about this and we have had continuous contact with her regarding this matter,” says Par Ragvald, the development manager in the Hoganas municipality.

The current restaurant is part of a large municipal venture for the entire port area with cafes, restaurants and sales venues.

The Zetterberg couple intends to start a sandwich shop where tourists and other visitors can quickly be offered stuffed sandwiches for both service and takeaway.

“I think they got the concept from the USA. On the part of the municipality, we think it sounds very exciting,” says Par Ragvald.

The current restaurant takes on an interesting cylindrical shape of about 35 square meters. An overhanging roof protects the guests in bad weather.

There is already a cafe in the old fire station next door. And in the boat shed some distance away is another restaurant.

“We’ve primarily wanted to give Molle residents the chance to run operations here. In the second round we invited others as well, and that was when we found out about the Zetterberg couple’s proposal,” says Par Ragvald.

He says that all entrepreneurs are equally worthy–but that you certainly don’t mind well-known faces for the harbor area, either.

“It’s fun. They’re strong brands as individuals and can attract visitors here,” said municipal manager Herman Crespin to Helsingborgs Dagblad.

The building permit for the restaurant became approved on June 28th, and no complaints have been received from the neighbors. In one year, the restaurant will be ready.

“It may be that it is initially a summer restaurant. But in the long term, we think that this can live all year long,” says Par Ragvald.

Right next to it are both kayak rentals and the starting place for tumbler safaris. The harbor is also a gathering place for both climbers and kite surfers.

Kvallsposten has sought out the Zetterberg couple for comment on their new Swedish life.

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