Monday, 14 July 2008

Sad story - #489

"Senfkorn" - Mustard Seed - in the Gaustrasse is a non-alcoholic pub.

Correction: "WAS" a non-alcoholic pub.

For 20-odd years it's been a meeting point for folks with alcohol or psychological problems, where they could feel secure among their peer and support groups and get a 3 course meal on Sundays for €6. About $10.

Closed its doors at the end of June after Caritas, the Catholic church's relief and social service organisation, withdrew its financial support ("outdated concept", without being more specific) at about the same time as the church - the landlord - raised the rent.

I don't get it.

The local press is currently hosting a mud-slinging match between Caritas and the equivalent of AA.

Not that that's going to do much for the folks who used to use (depend on?) the facility.


1 comment:

Kris McCracken said...

That is a shame. It is good for people to have the option, and it’s a bit rough on those who struggle with options about going out without all of the grog and the carry-on that goes with it.


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