Ikea might be opening stand-alone cafés featuring famous meatballs

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By Maria Mercedes Galuppo, Buzz60

People visit Ikea for two reasons: to test their relationships and for the meatballs!

Ikea may now be opening stand-alone restaurants and cafées, after finding out that 30 percent of their customers showed up to their stores just to eat.

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The Swedish company is thus now toying with the idea of expanding their food division into cafés in city centers. Their food sales in 2016 reached the $1.8 billion mark, according to a Fast Company report.

Get a closer look at the famous meatballs:

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The new IKEA vegetarian meatballs are on display, during a worldwide launch at IKEA Anderlecht, on April 8, 2015. IKEA, who withdrew its signature Swedish meatballs from its markets and cafeterias after one batch was found to contain traces of horse meat in 2013, launched worldwide it's vegetarian meatball in an effort to reduce carbon footprint from animals used to produce some one billion meatballs per year.AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A customer gets ready to have lunch which includes the popular Swedish meatballs dish at a IKEA supermarket in Prague February 25, 2013. Swedish furniture giant IKEA said on Monday it has stopped selling meatballs from a specific batch which has tested positive for traces of horsemeat by Czech authorities. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD POLITICS)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 5 - Ikea meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce for the dish. May 5, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
- Lancement des boulettes v��ariennes d'IKEA: IKEA proposera les boulettes v��ariennes dans ses restaurants du monde entier, mais la Belgique a ��choisie pour le lancement - IKEA lanceert de vegetarische balletjes in haar restaurants over de hele wereld, Belgi�is uitverkozen voor de lancering Brussels, April 8, 2015 World premiere: Vegan 'meatballs' on the menu at IKEA pict. by Bert Van den Broucke � Photo News (Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)
- Lancement des boulettes v��ariennes d'IKEA: IKEA proposera les boulettes v��ariennes dans ses restaurants du monde entier, mais la Belgique a ��choisie pour le lancement - IKEA lanceert de vegetarische balletjes in haar restaurants over de hele wereld, Belgi�is uitverkozen voor de lancering Brussels, April 8, 2015 World premiere: Vegan 'meatballs' on the menu at IKEA pict. by Bert Van den Broucke � Photo News (Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)
This picture taken on February 25, 2013 shows meatballs at IKEA department store in Brno. Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. AFP PHOTO/ RADEK MICA (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on February 25, 2013 shows meatballs at IKEA department store in Brno. Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. AFP PHOTO/ RADEK MICA (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on February 25, 2013 shows advertising panel showing meatballs in front IKEA department store in Brno. Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. AFP PHOTO/ RADEK MICA (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
- Lancement des boulettes v��ariennes d'IKEA: IKEA proposera les boulettes v��ariennes dans ses restaurants du monde entier, mais la Belgique a ��choisie pour le lancement - IKEA lanceert de vegetarische balletjes in haar restaurants over de hele wereld, Belgi�is uitverkozen voor de lancering Brussels, April 8, 2015 World premiere: Vegan 'meatballs' on the menu at IKEA pict. by Bert Van den Broucke � Photo News (Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)
Meat balls are served in a restaurant of Ikea in Amsterdam on March 23, 2013. Swedish furniture giant Ikea said last week it had started gradually reintroducing meatballs in its restaurants worldwide after horsemeat was found in the product last month. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL ANTONISSE netherlands out (Photo credit should read MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/Getty Images)
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No wonder they call their meatballs "the best sofa-seller!" Ikea has set up pop-up restaurants in London, Paris and Oslo -- all of which have been total successes.

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IKEA PS 2017 foldable armchair ($99) and loveseat ($149)

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PS 2017 storage unit, $99

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PS 2017 corner easy chair with 18 cushions, $166.82

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PS 2017 3-piece self-watering plant pot set, $24.99

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 PS 2017 armchair, $199

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PS 2017 side table/stool, $49.99

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 PS 2017 foldable coffee table, $49.99

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 PS 2017 corner easy chair with cushions, $199

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 PS 2017 rug, low pile, $249

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PS 2017 block-out roller blind, $29.99

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 PS 2017 LED multi-use lighting, $29.99

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 PS 2017 side table on casters, $99

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PS 2017 vase, $12.99 each

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 SPRIDD steel vacuum flask, $9.99 each

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SPRIDD travel mug, $6.99 each

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 SPRIDD mug, $4.99 each

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 SPRIDD bowl, $4.99 each

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 SPRIDD twin duvet cover set, $39.99

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 SPRIDD cover beanbag, $19.99

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