Rrstaurant Österelli has reopened with more than Wiener Schnitzel from Austria

Potsdam. “Bussi & Baba” and “Kiss your hand”. If this is not tavern folklore as you may know it. Plus Wiener Schnitzel, fried chicken salad and Kaiserschmarrn. More Austria is not possible. But what if there is no trace of romance of dirndls and deer roaring in oil, but rather Scandinavian design clarity prevails? Then the Austrian appears as the soul of Potsdam’s newest restaurant, Österellis.

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Österelli in a courtyard in Potsdam.

Austrian classic cuisine, Austrian wines, Austrian warmth, only with a modern tavern. This didn’t exist in the state capital before, but just four weeks after opening, it’s hard to imagine life without it.

No suits or laid tables in Potsdam

By the way, not from Berlin for two years, because that’s where Julia Gockeln and her husband Andreas Hauke ​​opened their first Österelli. Same name, same concept and also different in Berlin than other Austrians. “Whether it’s traditional costume or white laid tables, we wanted neither, but a cool, modern place with a good feel,” says Julia Gockeln. Even though their own restaurant wasn’t on the couple’s wish list at all. Rather, another Corona story was written.

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Andreas Hauke ​​comes from a host family in Upper Austria. But he did not want to join the family business. Instead, a short foray into the fashion industry, then to Berlin at the celebrity bar Borchardts and Grosz on the Kurfürstendamm as a restaurant manager, then to the trendy Austrian restaurant Mutzenbacher, which is connected to the family.

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Julia Gockeln studied fashion in Munich, worked part-time in gastronomy and then worked in marketing and press for fashion designer Marcel Ostertag, first in the Bavarian capital and then in Berlin. “During the first Corona lockdown, we went for a lot of walks, explored our neighborhood in Charlottenburg and discovered a bistro that was for rent,” he recalls. “It wasn’t a pretty location on busy Bismarckstrasse, but it was opposite the Schiller Theater and it sparked something in us.”

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Heidi Campioni serves at Österelli.

Heidi Campioni serves at Österelli.

The culinary orientation was quickly clear, the love for Austrian cuisine was the deciding factor. A bistro, even a restaurant – that could work between several offices, banks and the Polytechnic. Österelli was open for three months before the second lockdown came. The three employees, including chef Sidney Kalmar, a Brandenburger who is still on the team today, didn’t want to send the young restaurateurs out on short-term assignments. “We opened a stand at the Charlottenburg weekly market on Karl-August-Platz with Wiener schnitzel in a bun, beetroot and yeast dumplings, as well as homemade jam and schnapps from Austria,” says the couple, who also have a delivery service to call . ZOE.

Room with parquet, stucco and chandeliers in Potsdam

The market stall was the temporary Österelli, so to speak. According to Julia Gockeln, many customers later became visitors to the restaurant, and the number of employees even increased to ten people. For a time she ran two runways, continuing to work as a consultant in the fashion industry after quitting her main job until the end of last year. With 17 employees now, priorities must be set.

Potsdam, this is not the second step after the first step. “Already in the summer of 2021, our wonderful landlady asked us if we didn’t want to open a restaurant in Potsdam as well,” says the 39-year-old: in a property that also belongs to the owners of the building on Bismarckstrasse. , opposite the Palais am Stadthaus the registry office.

chandelier

chandelier

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While the kitchen in Berlin’s Österelli was installed with their own funds, the couple financed the installation of the Potsdam kitchen with bank loans. The building was already completely renovated in 2014, the guest house with parquet, stucco and chandeliers, which used to be the courtyard cafe, is already a gem. Just like the inner courtyard with its gravel and flowering rose bushes. There are 65 seats there, inside there are 40.

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It’s the same menu as in Berlin: The dishes from the first hour have stayed and been expanded to include Austrian soul food like horseradish schnitzel, Käsespätzle or Kaspressknödel. However, the Wiener Schnitzel is no longer served in a bun, but as a side dish with potato and cucumber salad. Schnitzel with celery is the vegetarian option. The menu was developed by the kitchen team led by Sidney Kalmar, Romano Müller and Derek Arnolda. The prices are very guest friendly at €22.50 for the Wiener Schnitzel.

salad

salad

In addition to running the business, the two owners in Potsdam also work in the restaurant, where there is a need. Andreas Hauke ​​​​always as host. Apart from the champagne, all the wines come from Austria – a very exciting wine country, they both agree. “When curating the Potsdam wine list, we selected more places than in Berlin. Our supplier, Döllerer Weinhaus, advised us on this. We have exciting new winemakers with us, some natural wines and unfiltered,” says Gockeln. These days a wine seminar was held for the service team so that the guests could get to know each drop quickly and concisely.

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Julia Gockel and Andreas Hauke ​​(Österelli Potsdam)

Julia Gockel and Andreas Hauke ​​(Österelli Potsdam)

Although many things are similar, it is a new place that still needs to be built. Currently, Österelli on Friedrich-Ebert-Straße is only open from Thursday to Sunday. “The team has to get used to it and it’s important to us that our employees have reasonable weekly working hours.” Moreover, a good kitchen where everything is made at home takes time. “We need a whole day just to make the pasta,” says the restaurateur couple, who brought a piece of Austria to Potsdam this summer.

Österelli is at Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 37, tel. 0331/23 53 78 26.

By Manuela Blisse

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