Leipzig’s Auerbachs Keller: It is not yet worth opening it completely


Of: J. RICHARD and F. HEIMBACH

Leipzig – Restaurants have been able to reopen their interior areas since Monday. But this step comes too early for “Auerbachs Keller”. The famous traditional bar is still closed – but the “Mephisto-Bar” above will become a small cellar …

Because: At the moment there is still a shortage of employees, and the delivery infrastructure also has to get going again first. But “Auerbachs Keller” boss René Stoffregen (49) has an even bigger problem: “We just don’t have the tourists who arrive by bus. Large groups make up the majority of our income. “

In addition, summer is the worst season anyway. “When the weather is nice, most people prefer to sit outside.”

“Auerbachs Keller” will remain closed for at least three weeks

Photo: Alexander Schumann

The new start is not yet financially worthwhile either. If “Auerbachs Keller” were to open now, one would have to reckon with a monthly minus of 30,000 to 40,000 euros due to personnel costs alone.

That’s why Stoffregen came up with something: In the much smaller “Mephisto Bar” (60 seats), the classics of the large cellar restaurant (650 seats in total) are now offered on a slimmed-down menu.

“Auerbachs Keller” should open completely from June 22nd at the earliest – when hopefully there will be many tourists in Leipzig again.

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