Posted by daniela scharnowski (Berlin, Germany) on 18 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.
Gustav Horcher founded a famous restaurant, here´s an interesting snippet from an article:
"Among the fine restaurants of europe, Horcher claims an unparallel status. From 1904 to 1943, it was THE place to be seen at in Berlin, and from 1943 until quite recently, Horcher was THE place to be seen at in madrid. There is no restaurant in the history of the twentieth - or indeed - any century that has relocated from one european capital to another withoit losing a jot of its social exclusivity.
Horcher was the creation of Gistav Horcher, who hailed fromt he Black Forest, still the source of germany´s best ham, cheese, game and fish. When he opened in 1904, he injected vitality into Berlin´s restairant scene. ... Borchardt (oldest luxury establishment at that time in berlin) was in the city center, Horcher situated his restaurant in the Lutherstrasse, the more fashionable west end.
The younger members of the Prussian royal house - Crown Prince William in particular - could be glimpsed at its plush leather banquettes...." (Giles MacDonogh "Otto Horcher - Caterer to the Third Reich", Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture)
Later on when Gustav´s son Otto took over, this restaurant became the number one adress in the nazi´s elite. They opened more restaurants in europe (Vienna, Paris, London, Oslo, Riga, Tallin, Lisboa) and also Madrid. The restaurant in Madrid is now lead in fourth generation by Elisabeth, the great-granddaughter of Gustav Horcher. Fascinating, isn´t it?
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