VIENNA. At the end of March, Mayor Michael Ludwig announced his idea: In order to help the landlords without open space with a possible outdoor restaurant opening, he wanted to build public pub gardens. The initiative was well received, but many questions initially remained unanswered. Here is an overview of what is known so far:
When should the pub gardens start?
“In principle, we are working towards a possible opening on March 27,” says a spokesman for the responsible city council, Peter Hanke (SPÖ). This date – the beginning of the Easter holidays – was mentioned at the beginning of March by Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) as a possible date for the opening of the pub and restaurant gardens. The infrastructure should therefore be in place by then. What is clear, however, is: “In our actions we are of course dependent on the easing steps prescribed by the federal government,” said the spokesman. And whether these will really come as announced is doubtful, given the high number of Covid infections, especially in eastern Austria.
Are you looking forward to the public pub gardens?
Where should they go?
Up to two suggestions for locations were sent to each district:
• 1st district: City park as the main location with ten gastro islands, plus Schillerpark and Beethovenplatz
• 2nd district: Venediger-Au-Park and Mexikoplatz
• 3rd district: Schwarzenbergplatz and Schweizergarten
• 4th district: Two islands in the Resselpark
• 5th district: Reinprechtsdorfer Strasse and Sallinger Park
• 6th district: Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz and Christian-Broda-Platz
• 7th district: Strauss Park and Weghuber Park
• 8th district: Hamerlingpark and Schönborn-Park
• 9th district: Arne Karlsson Park and Freud Park
• 10th district: Helmut-Zilk-Park and Kurpark Oberlaa
• 11th district: Park am Leberberg and the Seeschlachtweg park
• 12th district: Pittermann Square
• 13th district: Hietzing Am Platz and Hügelpark
• 14th district: Matznerpark and the square at the Baumgartner Casino
• 15th district: Reithofferplatz and Auer-Welsbach-Park
• 16th district: U3 terminus Ottakring and the area at the Ottakringer brewery
• 17th district: Lorenz-Bayer-Park and Nöstlinger-Park or alternatively the Dornerplatz
• 18th district: Two islands in the Türkenschanzpark
• 19th district: Heiligenstädterpark and Hilde-Spiel-Park
• 20th district: No suggestions
• 21st district: Hedwig-und-Johann-Schneider-Park and water park
• 22nd district: Hannah-Arendt-Park and Donaupark
• 23rd district: Liesinger Platzl and Nansen Park
However, this list only contains suggestions that are still to be coordinated with the districts. Some district chiefs have already spoken out in favor of these locations – for example the 5th, 12th, 16th, 17th and 23rd district. District chief Silke Kobald has brought in an additional proposal for the 13th with the Red Mountain. District chief Hannes Derfler (SPÖ) suggests that Allerheiligenpark and Leipziger Platz / corner of Hugo-Gottschlich-Park are suitable as no locations for the 20th district have been communicated.
Some districts want to examine the proposals, such as the 7th and 9th. Also Wiedens district boss Lea Halbwidl (SPÖ) is not entirely convinced of the Resselpark: “The idea should neither damage existing pub gardens nor restrict public usability. Both must You can take a very close look at the Resselpark. The square is very busy, especially in summer, and we already have two existing pub gardens there. I’m still waiting for details on plans, including opening times and the garbage concept. ”
The tours of two districts, namely Josefstadt and Währing, think little of setting up the pub gardens in green spaces. The district head of the city center, Markus Figl (ÖVP), has already spoken out against the city park as a location.
Who will provide food and drinks?
There are 9,000 restaurants in Vienna, from sausage stands to gourmet restaurants, and all of them probably cannot get hold of a place for catering. One thing is certain: if you have a pub garden yourself, you are not allowed to apply. The gastronomy division of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce will carry out the award, whereby – as they emphasize there – “we will certainly not select just anyone, but will raffle the places with the help of a notary and a lawyer.” According to the Chamber of Commerce, it has not yet been determined how many different companies will be involved, but there are currently 300. Before that is decided, however, one has to wait for the concrete framework conditions for the hosts.
What do you know about the design?
Each location should have eight tables with a total of 32 seats. The gastro islands should not be placed in meadows, but rather set up on the fixed paths in the parks.