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In the well-heeled Helsinki neighbourhood of Eira is the Sea Horse restaurant, a stalwart of the Finnish capital. Since opening in 1934 it’s been serving the kind of Finnish comfort food that still makes it a popular spot today. However, not everything was always so rosy. In the late 1990s the restaurant had become a run-down drinking hole and almost closed down. “News spread that the restaurant was in dire straits and up for sale. We couldn’t see such a landmark die – we had to save it,” says restaurateur Petri Laitinen, who stepped in and bought…

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