Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Restaurants in Germany

In general, restaurants which have added take-out and/or delivery to their services, have been able to hold on in this latest lock-down. Restaurants, pubs, etc. have been closed since mid-November 2020.

Government support for this industry in need is coming at a slow pace, I’ve heard.

One restaurant (which also is a guesthouse and brewery) in the small town of Breitengüßbach in Upper Franconia (north of Bamberg), has to close its doors. The remarkable thing though is that it has been in the same family for 380 years and will be missed by its town’s 4.600 residents.

The interior has already been auctioned off. As of October, the estate will be turned into a day care facility for senior citizens. The restaurant owner, Thomas Hümmer, said he will have to find himself a new job.

You can read more about this here in German:

Pubs Are Open in the U.K. as of 4 July 2020

The Corona lockdown started in the U.K. in March, which was one week after Germany started its own.

As of yesterday, 4 July 2020, pubs and hairdressers are open again in the U.K.. Our son, who lives in London, finally went to the hairdresser yesterday. I got to see the before and after shots – I’m glad he had the chance to go. He did not go to the pub, but took this photo while passing by this one, Blanca Road Brew Co.

Understandably, young people, after all that time of isolation, have more of a need to go out and socialize.

We ourselves had our first outing in a beer garden in Germany back in mid-May, but there was plenty of spacing and precaution.

… all’s well that ends well.

Pubs and Party Life in Germany

On our most recent trip to Franconia (Northern Bavaria), I noticed again the pub patrons’  wide age range. Toddlers running around while the old-timers sit at their Stammtisch (regular table). Waitresses have to navigate through toys on the floor, toddlers under chairs and grumpy old guys calling out for more beer.

Kids are part of pub life in some parts of Germany

Germans are hesitant to take young children to the movies as watching a movie should be undisturbed. Most kids are also not well received in regular restaurants, but at pubs in Franconia they often seem welcome.

In villages, the local Pfarrheim (parsonage) can be rented for special events, such as birthdays and other celebrations. One of my acquaintances from the village rented the parsonage for one night in December and also invited the parish priest as his pastorate is right next door and he would not be able to find any sleep during the night of the party anyway.

This is the same parsonage where the local youth had small dances in the 70s. Back then we could by a bottle of beer for 50 cents and a bottle of coke for 1 euro.

There were about 150 guests at the party including many children. A striptease dancer was hired as a surprise present for the birthday boy and the way I understood it, she did her performance in front of everybody, children and parish priest included.

I just imagine this happening elsewhere, e.g. in the U.S.A. To have a party in a public place, in this case a personage, where children are exposed to indecency, alcohol, and late hours. One of my friends’ children, a 12-year-old boy, left the party with his parents at 3 a.m.

Well, this definitely would be a case for the Sittenpolizei (vice squad) in some places around the world. But not in Franconia, where people tick differently.

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