Not just a local landmark. A work of art.
The history of the house on Ocnei Street no. 22 is over 590 years old. The gothic-style building worked as a leather shop in the 14th century and now is one of the oldest buildings in Sibiu. Inside the house were discovered the remains of barrels and knives used for processing hides, vessels and coins dated from 1430-1437. A century later, the building on the Pielarilor Street was joined and the building has extended along the way. During the time the function changed: among other things, there were found documents showing that in this place there once was a restaurant.
Although our restaurant was opened only now, in August 2020, its history actually begins on an evening of 2004 when, walking on the streets of Sibiu, Max Schweizer, a swiss businessman, fell in deeply in love with the house on Ocnei Street 22. The building was then in degraded condition, but Max felt the charm of this place immediately. The vision of turning this crack building into a special restaurant for Sibiu did not let him sleep at night. Although he was aware of the fact that it involved a very large investment that would probably never reward himself, he bought the building and began working to restore it. The restoration process took almost three years. All original value items have been retained, restored, and valued. Many details, for example the restoration of wall paintings in the upper rooms or the reconditioning of original wooden wall and barks have made this building what is now: an architectural jewel.
We invite you to convince yourself following the link to our video here: Every room of our restaurant is special and has its own personality and story.
The first room, the ground floor on the right is Nico’s room, the son of the owner of Max Schweizer. He helped to design it and created one of the exposed paintings, the second painting being painted by artist Robert Șimon.
The room on the left is named „portraits room” and actually arranged by photographer Stefan Jammer. It contains a collection of portraits and situations taken in Sibiu over the last two centuries by Emil Fischer’s workshop. The pictures illustrate classic situations in the city’s life: The potentates fair, the food market and many others that highlight the city’s multiculturalism and ethnic diversity.
On the upstairs you will be greeted by a beautiful mirror and chandelier, then they’ll take you to the beautiful blue room where the original wall painting was preserved.
The green room is guarded by a carefully restored ceiling with beams and an original window kept from the XVI century. Owner’s wife, Marlise Schweizer, added green curtains to give the feeling of “home”.
White room – the so-called art and culture room. Now with a sales exhibition, in the future with vernissages, small shows, photo and painting exhibitions or concerts.
Here, local artist Robert Șimon, is currently exhibiting his works. The artist lived in Tenerife and painted there discovering his passion after working in the animation-film field.
For the lounge the color of the terracota was chosen for a cosiness feeling and more intimate comfort. Our piano has found its place here, and in the future we want to have also a library, a brandy bar and games for our guests.
The getting togehter or conference room is designed for business meetings, family or presentations. It may be reserved separately for a group only.