Prague requires modifications to the restaurant gardens in the center. The operators consider it to be liquidation – ČT24 – Česká televize
Ten times fewer tourists go to Prague this year than before the coronavirus pandemic. During it, the operators of the restaurant gardens did not have to pay rent to the city, but according to the decision of the municipality, twenty of them were to end from September.
“It would be liquidating for us. With these spaces that we have, it would be absolutely liquidation, “said Dana Křivánková Klisáková, head of the Taverna Toscana restaurant.
It was a disgrace for the city, writes the deputy
The situation in the historic core was unsustainable and was a disgrace for the whole city, wrote Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr (for Prague himself) in a statement to the Czech Television. He added that in previous terms of office it worked in such a way that even the most valuable parts of the UNESCO monument reserve were rented without any concept to stalls with sausages and trdelníky and dozens of gardens were built there, which were transformed into separate houses in public space.
The restaurant of Dana Křivánková Klisáková Prague was offered a new contract. But he would have to narrow the garden to others and remove the floors or awnings. “The surface in Prague is quite rugged, the tables on it without any other floors,” Křivánková Klisáková responded and thinks that it is difficult to reach.
Restaurateurs defend themselves with criminal reports
A criminal complaint is also being sent to the city council due to the statements. According to the lawyers approached by the restorers, the dismissal was approved by the Prague City Council, because the rent was in the tens of millions a year.
“The Council can decide on the amounts of five million crowns. And it seems that this amount is much higher, “explained David Zámek, a lawyer from the Transparent State without Corruption association.
However, the municipality rejects this and refers to the decision of the Supreme Court that the council can decide on the lease without the council. “Operators are just trying to question the whole process of termination of the lease and involve Prague in litigation so that they can run their business for as long as possible,” Scheinherr wrote in a statement to ČT.
From next season, the management of Prague wants to incorporate uniform rules for furniture and garden equipment into all leases. Entrepreneurs in the center will then have to comply with it.