Closing time called on early opening

| August 28, 2013

The early opening time of one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses, Café Drechsler, has fallen victim to a tobacco smoking ban, according to a story in the Vienna Times.

Café Drechsler has been forced to introduce a full smoking ban because of the combined effect of its own architecture and the country’s smoking regulations; so it is no longer opening its doors at 3 a.m., but at 8 a.m.

Manager Manfred Stallmajer was quoted as saying that most of the people who visited coffee houses late at night were smokers, and therefore a smoke-free coffee house didn’t work.

“It is a real shame as now this 90-year-old tradition has been forced to come to an end,” he said.

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