Detached houses with walls of plexiglass or plastic. Gas line mounted on solid awnings. Alpine mountain furniture. Illuminated advertisements. Even so, the restaurant gardens in the center of Prague still looked like. From next season, however, they would have to be different. Today, Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr (Prague Sobě) presented the Manual for Cultivated Prague with the subtitle Restaurant Gardens.
“Restaurant gardens are a welcome revival of public space. It is pleasant to sit in the fresh air, drink coffee and watch the bustle of the surrounding city. At the same time, it must not be forgotten that streets and squares are first and foremost a place for people to move and meet. That’s why we need to look, keep, “says Scheinherr.
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Last year, Prague introduced the Manual for Cultivated Prague, which summarizes and illustrates the rules for advertising labeling of shops and other establishments in the city center. The manual was a response to the amount of visual smog that the historic core faces. The manual summarized the rules that are absolutely necessary, provided examples of good and bad practice, and at the same time contained instructions on how to obtain the necessary permits. In order to provide information to entrepreneurs who do not speak Czech, the manual has been translated into Vietnamese, English and Russian.
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Now the Manual for Cultivated Prague has been extended to include the topic of restaurant gardens. There are several orchards in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nevertheless, according to the municipality, some of them have changed over the years into separate houses with roofs, floors, walls, heating and lighting. Many of them do not look very dignified in the historical environment in which they are located. The manual therefore sets out binding rules for what restaurant gardens should look like. The rules will be an integral part of the lease agreements that the front garden operators conclude with the city.
“Restaurant gardens are to complement and enhance public space, not to create obstacles. They must also be proven sensitively and with taste, ”continues Scheinherr. “We want to aim for the front gardens not to be located separately in the street or square of the restaurant. The ideal is a combination of sunglasses, tables, chairs and minimal other equipment. “
“We found out what rules apply in foreign metropolises comparable to Prague’s history and significance. Based on this, we have, for example, extended the minimum passage width, which must be maintained on the sidewalk – almost everywhere it is at least 2 meters or 1.8 meters, in our country the law guarantees only 1.5 meters. That is why we also expanded it to 1.8 meters, “primarily Kristýna Drápalová, author of the Manual for Cultivated Prague.
This year, the city also approved the Concept of the location of restaurant gardens on the Royal Route and Hradební korz. It is a document that says exactly where the most important pedestrian arteries of the garden may and may not be located. Thanks to the document, the space of the Small Square and the narrow place where people are huddled in front of the astronomical clock should be largely freed up. This year, the document will be expanded to include the area of Wenceslas Square, where, after reconstruction, the gardens should only return to pre-selected locations.