New landlord and innkeeper: Alpenrosen owner Erich Meidert (left) now runs the neighbouring Café Wildschütz Jennerwein. Master baker Jakob Gritscher from Neuhaus continues to supply baked goods and cakes. © JW
A Schliersee restaurant that is particularly popular with locals is returning from the overlong Corona break: Café Jennerwein has reopened.
Schliersee – The new owner and landlord is the previous neighbour: Alpenrosen owner Erich Meidert. From now on, he will continue the business of the Gritscher family – with their goods. While his Alpenrose was being rebuilt, Erich Meidert sat in the neighbouring Café Jennerwein almost every day. "It was my office," Meidert says. Here he met with architects and engineers for discussions over coffee and cake – always with the best view of the extensive renovation work on his residential and commercial building.
It hurt the founder and managing director of the water treatment company Misterwater GmbH all the more when his beloved café did not return from the Corona forced break after the second lockdown. For three years, there would have been only baked goods and coffee to go, reports Meidert. That's when he decided to take matters into his own hands. He bought the building with a café and two apartments from the Gritscher family – and recently reopened the Jennerwein.
Gritscher praises successor
Although he only knew the gastronomy from the guest's point of view, he did not lease the shop, but runs it himself. "With love, lust and passion," he assures. And a large part of the old staff, who had grown so close to his heart. It was both an honour and an obligation for him to revive Café Jennerwein. And thus also to continue the legacy of the Gritscher family, who have recently concentrated more on their bakery and guest house in Neuhaus. On their Facebook page, the Gritschers cite staff shortages and high energy costs as reasons for saying goodbye to the Schliersee station district.
Jakob Gritscher returns the praise. His family would not have parted with the Schliersee site "if it hadn't fit". There would have been requests for another use, but these were deliberately rejected. With Meidert's offer, they have now been given the chance to concentrate fully on their companies in Neuhaus again. "As a boss, you simply have to be on site," says Gritscher. This presence and enthusiasm for gastronomy is usually more decisive than a relevant education in this field. Thus, Gritscher has no concerns that his successor would not have the Jennerwein in his cross. "He's also a good businessman," says the baker.
Meidert often wants to be there himself
Meidert emphasizes that he will of course continue to buy all baked goods and cakes from the Gritschers. It is particularly important to him that Café Jennerwein will continue to be a popular meeting place for locals in the future. That is why he is striving to extend the opening hours from the current five days a week (Monday and Tuesday is a day off) back to seven days from September. Nevertheless, he tries not to overwhelm his staff, but rather to increase it a bit. When asked about the general shortage of workers, he whimsically explains that he is relying on "kinship" here. Every new employee must bring another one from his or her environment.
Despite his Misterwater GmbH, which currently has 25 employees, Meidert himself tries to be on site at Jennerwein as often as possible. "I've always wanted to be a breakfast director," he says with a wink. At least his commute to work is very limited, as he doesn't even have to change roads as an Alpenrosen owner and resident. And he can hold his meetings on the terrace again – in good old tradition. Now, however, no longer with a view of a large construction site, but of his finished house. Sg
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