Millionaire every year. Than because of tax evasion Wiesnwirt Sepp Krätz, who had fallen out of favor in 2014, had to disclose his books to the court, many were amazed. A lot had been used before. But what the innkeepers really earn with beer, chicken and ox rolls, that's why they made a big secret. Now it was the first time to read it in black and white. After deducting its costs, Krätz had a profit of over one million euros in 2013 and 2014. A handsome sum.
"It will always be gold." This sentence about the income at the Munich Oktoberfest comes from Ludwig Hagn, host of the Löwenbräu festival hall. But the "becomes" threatens to become a "war". Because the cancellation of the Oktoberfest 2020 and feared conditions for the year 2021 make it difficult to calculate for the future. The news that the first host family gave up spread like a shock wave in the middle of the week: The Heide family, which had been running the traditional "Bräurosl" festival tent for decades, gave up.
With tears in his eyes, Georg Heide stood in front of the press with his family. "We discussed two months in advance how that would work, what the future would look like in 2021," he said. The concerns were growing. The Oktoberfest canceled revenue, otherwise they accounted for more than 60 percent of annual sales. "I cannot imagine that Oktoberfest will be the way it has been in recent years, "he said, speculating that there could be no Oktoberfest in 2021 either.
It is not often that a host family voluntarily gives up a tent. The allocation of licenses is strictly regulated. If you have them, it is like winning the lottery. After the first horror, ugly comments followed. For years, the family had earned a golden nose with the "Bräurosl", could be read on social media and comment columns. Now that Corona is out of earnings, they would steal their responsibilities. But it's not that easy.
An Oktoberfest marquee is a high risk
A OktoberfestMarquee is a medium-sized company. Hundreds of employees are employed during the season. At Heide, ten employees were only available for the Oktoberfest all year round. In addition, there are constantly rising costs. Security measures have been strengthened in recent years. Security personnel were hired in each tent. The hosts compensated for part of this by raising prices. But how can you calculate a year that is completely unpredictable because of the pandemic? The financial risk is enormous.
1.5 meters away, "that would not be possible at the Oktoberfest," said Heide. He also cannot insure a possible breakdown. There would simply be no insurer for it. It would be a disaster if an employee's infection closed the marquee for several days. But the decision of the Heide family to withdraw from the Oktoberfest is not just an economic one. Obviously, other reasons also play a role. The company wanted to concentrate on the Planegger Gaststätte Heide-Volm and convert the company.
Applications for "Bräurosl" successor are already running
There is therefore the all-clear for Oktoberfest visitors. A massive exodus of host families is not to be expected despite the difficult situation. Spokesman Peter Inselkammer encouraged. He cleaned up corona a: "It's a difficult situation." Although there are financial difficulties in the catering industry, he is "very confident" for next year.
The search for a successor is already underway for the "Bräurosl" marquee. Several hosts are said to have applied. A decision is likely to be made in a few weeks. But everyone is certain: it will continue.