The Ostalb-Klinikum has a cafeteria again. After three months of renovation work, a new meeting place for employees, guests and patients was officially opened on Thursday morning.
For about 20 years the café had been run by the Soré family. In the summer, the operators had declared that they wanted to stop. Thus, the café was closed on 31 July of this year and the area was re-tendered. The contract was finally awarded to the Kanne Group, an investor from Dersum in Lower Saxony, which has already opened around 70 service locations throughout Germany.
Compared to before, the new cafeteria is designed to be more open. "The chairs and tables are accessible 24 hours a day, there is no more partition wall," says press spokesman Ralf Mergenthaler. Sofas, armchairs and chairs in various designs invite you to linger on 66 seats. Striking lamps and lots of wood round off the overall concept. In addition to sandwiches, cakes and muffins, the range includes various coffee specialities, cold drinks and soups. There are also other warm dishes and ice cream specialities. In the kiosk area, various magazines and daily newspapers and small hygiene articles are for sale. In addition, there will also be flowers available to buy in the future.
Axel Janischowski, CEO of the Ostalb Clinics, was pleased to meet Hermann Kanne from the Kanne Group again. In 1996 the company had already been a partner for a short time, as Janischowski explains.
Patients should feel a bit at home in the hospital, said CEO Thomas Schneider at the opening. "We are constantly improving the guidance system at the clinics and creating shortcuts," Schneider continued. That's why, among other things, we are currently in the process of redesigning the outdoor area. A further 19 seats will then be available on a wooden terrace. Furthermore, a flower bed is to be created along the entrance and there is to be a parking space for bicycles, as Schneider explains.