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Waldkirchen

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We have managed! Our dream running our own pub will become reality. Schenkelberg’s London Bar – mehr lesen

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‚es geht aufwärts‘ THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

This won’t be like any other pub because we try to relate to our experiences in the United Kingdom and we invite the large tourist groups that are seen every year choosing the Bavarian Forest as their favorite holiday destination to spend time with us in the Tower.

the new bar

For this reason we have parked our Can, the Original, outside the Gastro Tower. So we continue to serve you just as you expected us to do for the last seven years serving in and around London. It was of course Bavaria, the county in the South of Germany that inspired us most and it was for this reason that we had decorated our Can in the traditional colors of Bavaria (blue and white) including the national coat of arms; our corporate identity and unique eye-catcher for the thousands and thousands of visitors to the places where we had our pitch locations. The CI should remain as it was back in England with no changes to the coat of the Can to be planned in the near future.

Der Gastro Turm in Waldkirchen
a photomontage of the project in Waldkirchen

For many people CI stands for aesthetics but they forget that Corporate Identity covers many areas such as in our case the new bar located in the third floor of the Gastro Tower. We speak English and German and we serve German beers as well as English beers whereas we will specialize in drinks that are known to us to be the favorites of the Brits. All in all we will create a welcoming atmosphere for our friends, the Brits.

From the experience with the Can to the Opening up of a Pub: We have during our spell in England, between 2000 and 2018, experienced quite a lot, especially in terms of cultural differences. The years prior to opening of our food trailer (2000 to 2017) we have met with many people and the boss was involved in running other businesses. One wish was unfortunately not granted for the Can operators: The sale of alcoholic drinks. It’s considered to be a sin for Bavarians to offer Bavarian food without the beers and we in fact had some encounters with tourists from Bavaria that have visited our can only to criticize the lack of beers being served through the serving latches. But we also met British customers, those that would have preferred a good German beer or Steiner to accommodate the Bratwurst.

The Schenkelberg’s reputation in the United Kingdom and also in the Republic of Ireland has always been of great respect and we have nothing but pure admiration for the way we have been treated by the British and Irish. It is a bit to do with our love for Great Britain, first and foremost the people and customers of GB and the culture that we have decided to invent a British establishment in the heart of Bavaria.

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The Brits and Germans alike have a commonality when it comes to the choice of drinks. However, our personal experience was that the British have better taste buds when it comes to alcoholic drinks. We carefully considered a number of pub projects before we met with Wolfgang Weber. Wolfgang runs the Gastro Tower in Waldkirchen, right smack in the center of the city next to the main bus station. It’s more like a entertainment complex and it has a unique structure to be seen as such. The tower beats our own Giant Can in terms of the height several times over. Still, we insist that the neighboring Giant Can mustn’t be degraded to become a tiny Can.

One of Wolfgang’s favorite bar is in the top floor. It’s called The Trendiest Bar and it must retain its status. It currently only opens for special occasions. It remains at this stage unclear when this bar will become permanently open again; for Wolfgang it is currently too much to deal with. The tower has just celebrated it’s 25-years-anniversary.

There is a billiard room in the second floor of the tower where local teams play for Championship points.

Waldkirchen as location:

Mentioned for the first time in 1203, it soon became an important trading place along the „Goldener Steig“ (Golden Path), a salt-trading route between Bavaria and Bohemia in the late Middle Ages. In the 13th century the Bishop of Passau gave Waldkirchen the title of a „Markt“ (market). After several raids by Bohemian soldiers during the 15th century the city built a „Ringmauer“, a big stonewall, to surround it, which is still to be seen in many places of the city.

Belonging to the Bishop of Passau’s territory for more than 600 years, the city became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1806 and in 1871 of the German Empire. Read more on the Wiki page – go here

Waldkirchen’s main „industry“ is tourism. Embedded in the Bavarian Forest, Waldkirchen is close to Prague, Munich and Vienna.

What happens next?

The Schenkelberg’s family needs to chose from the accommodations that have been offered to them. Timeframe: One week. Mr. Schenkelberg has been given the permission to find new tenants for the house the family is currently occupying in Lower Saxony. Depending on the outcome they will be moving to Bavaria within the next four weeks. We anticipate that it will take a period of two weeks for us to refurbish the new bar and to become operational.

 

As the bar is fully equipped everything will be ready within a short period of time. It is planned that we will begin with both, our Can and the bar simultaneously and we are working currently on the license requirements.

Please enjoy viewing some impressions from the Bavarian Forest and we hope to see you in Bavaria to be our guest.

Warm regards

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill und Schenkelberg’s Bar Team

 

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Have you bought tickets yet?

Let’s Rock Potters Bar – NightOut

Location:

32 Barnet Road, Potters Bar, EN6 2QU

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Tickets to order

The Potters Bar event will bring a new eating experience to the town. Live entertainment and beers brewed to the Bavarian purity law…what else would you fancy? Admission includes your entry, plus FREE food sampling and, of course, one hell of a good time! Plus, you get to choose an item from the pastry display!

More information on our Event pages, click here

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Fleet in Hampshire

British street food savours success

best food stall in town pic
best food stall in town

The Flavours of the World Market on Sunday the 20th of May 2018 on this rather small gurkha square in Fleet was as far as Rainer’s Bavarian Grill concerns a gastronomical success!

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Gurkha Square – busy times

Foodies got to choose from several cuisines – there was something for every taste and palate. The French market operator also had 10+ vendors in their marketplace offering a variety of wares and services.

Roger Leggard e.g., the owner of  the Barbeque Starr impressed with outstanding Caribbean food. Roger could see our ‚can‘ sticking out from his food stall and came visiting us to spoil us with BBQ Chicken..for the return of our cheezy hotdog of course. Mmhh delicious! The market was well attended; come noon hundreds of visitors flooded the market place.

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Gurkha Square

The stalls must be creative with their dishes was the apparent requirement of the market operator but also with their decor; and for the ‚Giant Can‘ people praised innovative approach, decor and creativity..a true market boosting ingredient and a over dimensional ‚food stall‘ hardly to be missed even from the outer space.

The Future for Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil.

The opening of Rainer’s Bavarian Beer Kitchen in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, from where they plan to air-fry and deliver their delicious food to Potters Bar homes and businesses.  They have just secured a ‚local‘ spot on the Barnet Road in Potters Bar where they will be holding food sampling sessions with live music entertainment from Saturday the 9th of June 2018. Watch this space…

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Vauxhall Street Food Garden Nightmare

Hi there,

It is always difficult to lose graciously, especially against mighty event organizers such as the Giant Event Professionals at London Vauxhall but Stefan Schenkelberg showed his business like attitude in the Vauxhall Street Food Garden when told by the Managing Director himself very impolitely ‚to piss off with even more insulting words attached ‚f..g efficient German‘: „It’s the English man who is to blame, not me..because my car was ready very late last night which prevented me to organize things in advance and to come well planned.“

THE STORY ..as it unfolded:
Five weeks ago an application was submitted for a trading pitch at Vauxhall Street Food Garden and subject of this application was to give detailed information about their food truck such as precise measurements, food menu, a poster to advertise their offerings and even a press kit was requested.

The menu was designed, framed and ready to be placed outside the food trailer at Vauxhall Street Food Garden.

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vauxhall new menu framed

The Press Kit was requested and a draft proposal was also submitted to the Vauxhall event managers.

Stefan Schenkelberg, when writing the editorial paid particular attention to the air frying aspect of the business and some research figures were quoted to back up what was said.

No response was received and the story didn’t find the PR people nor did any article attracted the local press in the run up to the launch of the Street Food Garden.

The team of Rainer’s Bavarian Grill was asked to come for a 14-day-trial on Thursday 17th May 2018 and arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. This was odd because it stated in the paperwork that the garden will be open for the public at 11:30 a.m.

A poster was designed and supplied and several tweets where sent to announce our appearance at ‚what Rainer’s Bavarian Grill management was worth mentioned a ‚prestigious trading location‘.

All the staff members became engaged in the advertising of the new trading location and even leaflet dropping commenced in and around Vauxhall Station.

The morning of the 17th of May was fast approaching. Their towing vehicle however became an issue just five days before their trading mission in Vauxhall. It was the M.O.T. and the failure to pass; urgent repairs were required and Stefan located a friendly garage in Potters Bar. The car was booked in on Wednesday the 16th of May and work began to fix the suspension and brakes. Late in the evening that day the car was ready for collection.

It was too late for stock purchases but their supplier was already instructed to deliver the meat to the venue in London SW8.

ON THE DAY:
The alarm bells rang early in the morning at 3:30 a.m. They got up and started to prepare the food in the kitchen.  Stock was purchased in the local supermarket; this included a visit to the petrol station for diesel refuel.

Regina, our pastry cook, was heavily involved with the baking of pastry items for the dessert.

It was to be foreseen that we will be arriving late by 60 minutes, so Stefan informed the management in Vauxhall. A very friendly response was instantly received. By the time they were ready to leave Potters Bar for Vauxhall it was 8:00 a.m.

When Stefan phoned the office as they were heading towards Vauxhall he was greeted with respect. He kept sending SMS messages of their whereabouts. It was odd when the guy from the venue asked for the dimension of our food trailer again over the phone. He then asked, is this thing coming in one piece? Stefan was puzzled and felt inclined to start explaining things from scratch. Then the phone was suddenly silent and someone else spoke with Stefan. It was the manager’s father who appeared somewhat annoyed. He said something like ‚you are too late – you need to come now, immediately!‘

They eventually arrived at the venue and it was just 10:30 a.m.

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vauxhall food market trade

To the astonishment of the food trailer’s team members the gate to the venue was open but several vans and cars blocked the entrance. When they had them removed the task of reversing the trailer into the grounds commenced. It was clear that the trailer wouldn’t fit into the garden as the height was exceeding the roof construction in the entrance. Instead of explaining this they gathered about 10 people and instructed them to loose the roof. Stefan unhooked the trailer and pushed it into the garden whereas the workmen lifted the roof and carry it off to the rear, front or side depending on the situation whilst the trailer was moving inside towards the designed spot. It was a very tough job to do and the people that stemmed the roof construction had the toughest task. It took some 30 minutes to complete. „That’s it,“ they were told, „you have 25 minutes to set up, the electricity socket is next to the trailer.“

THE ESCALATION
Suddenly someone run out of the frame towards Stefan and shouted „F…g efficient German. Get out of here, I want you out of here.“ It was the venue manager.

The trailer was brought back home to Potters Bar. THE END.

The conclusion to be drawn from this is that we should never accept for our over dimensional set up to be pushed into a corner…it’ll be against the nature of our mobile business, a business that has to retain its mobility advantage.

Next events for the festival rocker:

18th/19th of May 2018 in Aylesbury
20th of May 2018 in Fleet – Fleet Flavours of the World Market event

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A New Future For The Giant Can

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s first iconic health conscious food trailer ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil‘ is looking to expand its operation with the help of seed funding. The management is currently following up a lead.

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manipulated project picture

How serious is the prospect of having seed capital to grow the business and why is it that they are so confident in winning? They are aware that attracting investors is hard and what they want to avoid is „bad signalling.“ Deal with caution is their motto. „You have to gain some allies quickly. People who believe in our vision in the same way and on the same scale as we do.“..Gian Schenkelberg, one of the owner’s sons who supports the venture as an Executive Associate explained. Besides, a recently produced trend analysis revealed a significant upwards trend in the last two years following the experience of bad trading locations.

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trend analysis

The folks behind Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil trailer are hoping to take their Bavarian themed Bratwurst and beer concept to the next level by expanding their business to the larger music festival market. To that end, Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg, who started their German specialities food venture back in 2011, are preparing a presentation for meetings with potential investors. Their hope is to raise a minimum of £12500.00 to cover costs of outfitting the truck and a beer tent and working capital to handle higher volume.

Bavarian Oktoberfest culture fan Stefan Schenkelberg wants to expand Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil kitchen with a portable bar. There are two icons of the Bavarian summer – the Bratwurst and a cold steiner. But the budding businessman is aiming to expand their existing mobile kitchen to add a beer tent and beer bar. The business couple believes that it will make them the first portable vendor in England to offer a range of German beers and Bratwurst.

Passionate about Oktoberfest Beers.
Stefan said: „We have chosen to use our iconic food trailer because it is just so quintessentially Bavarian.“
„But Rainer’s Bavarian Grill van will take that idea and flip it on its head. Our Project will create an upgraded version of the Bavarian food van.“ He added: „We’re doing it because we’re passionate about Bavarian’s culture particularly during the month of October.
„And there are so many quality beers out there, particularly in the Bavarian region, and I don’t think people know enough about the range of possible offerings.“

If all goes as planned, Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil will start hitting up the art and music festival circuit around London and the southeast come summer. But eventually, the two owners would also like to take their venture even further. The long-term goal is to boost UK’s Oktoberfest fun ‚with an authentic touch‘ by adding more food trucks, trailers and beer tents to the business.

“That’s maybe two years down the road,” Schenkelberg says. “But we’ll always have our truck in Hertfordshire, our home base from where we soon begin our new licensed delivery service to Potters Bar homes. We love the Hertsmere district.”

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Simply the best

The Giant Can Once Again Stood Out As A Massive Attraction In Wembley

What a brilliant and memorable event that was on Saturday, November the 4th, 2017.

Bonfire Night; The ‚can‘ was opening it’s doors for only 3 hours to perform and the crowds seem to have never ended in front of their serving latch. The quality of their meat was, as always, outstanding and people have realized this over the last three months since they joined Wembley Park. But, it’s the home-made currywurst sauce that has become a signature item at Rainer’s Bavarian Grill.  A really yummy sauce with a spicy kick – very palatable.

Some people stood in the queue for over an hour to get their bratwurst in a roll.

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in pictures – a masterclass selection of German food

Who can possibly resist their meatloaf in a roll or e.g. their bratwurst topped up with fried onions and brushed with mustard?

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a master piece of cake – produced by their in-house master baker

Come to join them in Wembley before people get jealous about them. They truly love what they doing especially the taste buds spoiling on the square!

Please note the times from our website or, if in any doubt, check their tweets. Their twitter account is almost boiling over.. just short of  20,000 followers give them the thumb up!

Check this out: Latest video entitled „Wembley Park for Quality Caterers“   The video sadly got taken off by You Tube…reasons are not given.

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you tube video not permitted

The following link will take you to a promotional video the owner produced and published with his smart phone earlier. However, you must be linked up with the owner, Stefan Schenkelberg, to be able to watch this: CLICK HERE

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Wembley Park

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Bermondsay

Hi All

hope you are coping? The weather over here is brilliant; sunny and getting warm..I am already sitting in my garden office to write to you.

Our agent has made changes to the trading spots for our food truck. Southwark Park Road has been downgraded due to lack of footfall and as I understand the problem to attract quality stalls to boost the attractiveness of the ‚Blue Market.‘ New prominent London trading spots have been added to the list.

Sadly, having explained this we are no longer trading at ‚The Blue Market‘ on a Saturday and we will only consider Bermondsey for special events. Check our main website at www.gourmetexpressmobiles.com for updates.

You can find us during the week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Wembley, three minutes walk from Wembley Park Train Station and right in front of the famous stadium in the square.

Enjoy your weekend.

Warm regards,

Stefan Schenkelberg
Co-Founder
Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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in the news

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

Amid tough times, family finds business opportunity and stuck with it for now over six years.

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motto

When the economic downturn forced Stefan Schenkelberg to terminate his once successful sales consultant role for an ISO certifications company back in 2010, he didn’t stick his heads in the sand and give up.

Instead, the Schenkelberg couple got creative.

They pulled together the home baked German food specialities of pastry chef Regina Schenkelberg and authentic hot dogs supplied by wholesale, pocked it up in a concession stand and hit the road.

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supporting charity marathon run

The Schenkelbergs now travel through London selling their award-winning German fare in their portable food vending trailer, christened Rainer’s Bavarian Grill. „It’s a tribute to my husband’s late brother Rainer,“ said Regina Schenkelberg, matriarch of the family.

Stefan and Regina Schenkelberg have two children who grew up working in the food business with their parents. The couple’s youngest, Trevor, 18, continues to fulfill the family’s food duties by working and touring with his parents …when he is not at college.

The three Schenkelbergs spend about half of the year living in their fifth wheel, currently parked just outside London close to the M25.
„We just love England,“ Stefan Schenkelberg said.

The German delicacies served up by the Schenkelbergs at fairs, festivals and markets include bratwurst, a traditional sausage from northern Bavaria, and knackwurst, a smoke-flavoured speciality also known as “knacker”.

Their supplier for the Knacker is a specialist butcher in Oxfordshire, which according to Stefan makes sausages that even native Germans can’t distinguish from those manufactured in the federal republic.

Stefan said: “People love the Knacker. A woman from Berlin who tried them said they reminded her of her childhood. Sourcing meat locally does make sense.

“We also do beef sausages, chicken and turkey sausages, and even vegan sausages.”

Stefan prepares the award-winning German Curry Sauce with a ‚kick‘ every morning prior to their taste buds spoiling missions.

Currywurst signature sauce
Currywurst signature sauce

‚It’s a bit more unusual than normal fair food and we contribute to health and wellbeing‘ said Trevor Schenkelberg, one of the sons of the family, and he referred to the air frying technology installed in their kitchen.

The family is constantly working on and in the business. This entails several hours of administrative work per day to keep the concessions coming by researching, applying for and booking events. ‚It’s a lot more complicated than people think!,‘ Schenkelberg said. ‚It takes a lot of planning.‘ The cost associated with finding, applying for and being accepted as a vendor at some festivals can be quite high. Some require non-refundable deposits — large sums.

The Schenkelberg couple is not resting on their laurels, never did in their seven year’s touring experience with the ‚can‘. Attending market events is a must do for them to retain a cash flow situation to attend events for their festival rocker.

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Flea markets in London

Analysing flea markets as part of ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil‘ growth strategy

The difficulties for us as a up market food stall operator are complex but justifiable when we look back.

London’s markets are not typical of what we see in continental Europe.

The majority of these markets have certain characteristics. Here you can find the usual junk-shops selling clothes and souvenirs but also a great variety of fruits and vegetables at very reasonable prices and lots of junk food stalls that can be described as provisional at best. 

But, having said that, ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil‘ is not really a good fit in these places as we need to draw quality footfall to our specialist food trailer.

The difficulty is as far as I can see that the urban and suburban areas are lacking of local small-scale producers, micro-businesspeople, those that could have a stall to showcase their goods to draw in a good crowd of visitors or, as I call it, quality footfall.

In addition, once a certain level of quality stalls have been identified at these markets, others will become suddenly aware of the potential and the situation could change for the better.

Ways of encouraging quality stallholders by the market management still need, I believe, to be better defined, while the market forces capable of triggering a virtuous cycle of synergy are not clearly identified yet and so are not available, as they should be, in the short term.

It’s a popularity matter: Once a good standard of these flea markets has been attained the ratings go up and e.g. you will see Walthamstow market mentioned next to Portobello Market on the ‚i love markets‘ webportal (see http://ilovemarkets.co.uk/londons-best-antique-and-flea-markets/).
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A brief analysis provided by Stefan Schenkelberg, co-owner of Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s signature trailer Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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St Albans Street Trading Policies

Hope you all had a Happy Christmas! We need your support here:

‚Some time ago, we attempted to apply for a street trading license for Rainer’s Bavarian Grill with St Albans City & District Council. Before we were able to start the application procedure we were confronted by very odd trading policies. „Food traders that wish to trade on the market should use gas. No electricity is provided and the operation of generators is not allowed.“‚

Why St Albans? Well, it’s an historical and wealthy town in the heart of Hertfordshire and neighboring to the home of Rainer’s Bavarian Grill. We would not want to miss to spoil the taste buds of the people of St Albans. St Albans impresses during the holiday season with a boarder wide known German style Christmas market.

In Wiki you can read about the history of this town: “

After the Roman withdrawal the town, became the centre of the territory or regio of the Anglo-Saxon Waeclingas tribe.

St Albans Abbey and the associated Anglo-Saxon settlement were founded on the hill outside the Roman city where it was believed St Alban was buried. An archaeological excavation in 1978, directed by Martin Biddle, failed to find Roman remains on the site of the medieval chapter house.  Read more

This issue has now become a more important one to tackle as Rainer’s Bavarian Grill is looking to secure profitable locations to be able to win over a maximum of customers to grow their business. St Albans has the potential to become a lucrative trading location for the specialist food vendor.

Stefan Schenkelberg, the co-owner, said: „There is no reason for this Council’s Street Trading Department to ignore messages. We have repeatedly contacted them and didn’t receive any response. If we find someone to be arrogant and proud, we advise him to be diligent in his Awrad, so he may kill the egos.“

Here is the complaint and we ask the Council, hopefully with the help of Social Media, that they find the need to respond to this:

Good Afternoon,

we run a mobile food business in Potters Bar. Our plan is to trade in neighboring St Albans on the farmers market (I have attached a picture showing our set up). However, our wish to trade is hampered by the policy your council has adapted for street traders. I find it ridiculous to be treated like this and I like to complain about your services:

When a customer has commercial interest he or she musn’t been prevented from excercising the company’s good practise policy by the council’s inefficiency. We have a petrol generator to run our appliances at our food trailer and we also use mains electricity when trading at markets. The council has adapted a policy to tell caterers to come with gas equipment or else don’t come trading at all. This is unfair to all caterers that are not using gas and musn’t been tolerated as it is contrary to good customer practise and in direct contravention to the policy statement (see http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/Images/UnaccepatbleCustomerBehaviourPolicy_web_tcm15-34432.pdf).

Kind regards,

Stefan Schenkelberg

Hope this helps our Business Development Goals for 2017; an operation in full swing with all obstacles to be minimized or even to be ruled out… they need to be able to include St Albans as trading location when considering strategies to grow a large customer base in the shortest possible time for their ambitious specialist food trailer.

Good luck, fairness and success for 2017
Good luck, fairness and success for 2017

One of our Business’s New Year’s Resolutions is certainly the clarification by St Albans City & District Council as any such policies would certainly be considered counterproductive to their aim to help grow small businesses in economically difficult and uncertain times, especially following BREXIT.

How can you help?

Please hit the ‚like‘ button below to support our wish to engage with trading activity on the St Albans market in 2017.

We wish our friends a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

The Business Development Team
Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

We don’t want this to escalate but we do need answers. The Council has responded to a tweet:

Council's initial response
Council’s response