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Issue 14/2007, August 20 2007 (No. 242)

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I have lived in Bremen for almost 25 years. During that period several large nice old-style cafés were closed down. The large 'Café Schriefer' at the market square was closed down last month.
It was a café which senior citizens especially frequented. It was the place of innumerable coffee parties.The style of the house was corresponding to the clientele. The waitresses were dressed in black and white. They were not only obliging and attentive, they were also unobtrusive.
The chairs were softly grey. There were square little marble desks. The wall paint was corresponding to the furnishings. The walls were structured with little pediments, mirrors and half-columns. The large windows were draped with heavy greyish-blue net curtains. There was a no-smoking room which was decorated with nice photographs of Bremen. It was very pleasant that there was no piped music. Numerous ceiling lamps gave off soft light.
The cake buffet next to the door was well-lit. There was a vast choice of fresh made cakes and pies which was skillfully confected. You could also buy truffles, chocolate and coffee. 'Café Schriefer' was also a takeaway confectionery. Needless to say that it was open on Sundays.
The front door of 'Café Schriefer'
The front door of 'Café Schriefer'
Many kinds and varieties of tee and coffee were served. There were also about 20 sorts of spirituous beverages and soft drinks. The waitresses always quickly served the drinks and cakes you had ordered. They never asked 'Would you like anything else?' At 'Café Schriefer' you could talk in peace with your companion.
One can only speculate on the reason why 'Café Schriefer' was closed down. The waitresses insinuated that the tenancy agreement would exspire and that the landlord had claimed a very heavy tenancy.
(My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)

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