“Alozani" and "Barge-restaurant": what other catering establishments were available in parks in the 1930s

July 25
Culture

The 30s of the 20th century were the heyday of cafes and restaurants in Moscow’s public walks. Spokesman of Glavarchiv (Moscow Central Archives Administration) about what they were.

Most of such establishments worked in the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure. This was due to the fact that opening of the park in 1928 coincided with a period when the authorities paid much attention to public catering of Muscovites. Strollers attended canteens, cafes, buffets and pavilions.

One of the favorite places for visitors was restaurant "Hexagon". It was located in the former pavilion "Mechanical Engineering". By late 1930s breakfasts, lunches and dinners were regularly arranged here for excursion groups of workers or students. And to make individual recreation more attractive the restaurant issued a special card "Day of Leisure in Central Park", that entitled the holder to have three meals a day in the "Hexagon" and visit almost any attraction, concert and other event.

In addition to "Hexagon", restaurants "Float" and "Goldfish", the Caucasian cuisine restaurant "Alozani" and a kebab shop on the Alley of Pioneers were available in the park. One could go to the "Barge-restaurant"on the embankment, visit the"Bar" by the pond in the Pioneer Garden or restaurant No. 1 in the Leninskie Gory district.

Menus contained "wonderful varieties of ice cream" and dairy products. Buffets with snacks worked in park theaters and a cinema hall, on the pier and next to the attractions. And pavilions sold lemonade, fruits, cakes, bonbons and other sweets from 12:00 to 23:00. On top of that there were kiosks, stalls and carts throughout the park, where one could buy pastries, sandwiches, pies, ice cream, mineral water and soft drinks.

Catering establishments were available in Sokolniki Park too. By 1938, a restaurant and canteen, milk pavilion, children's canteen in the “Town of pioneers and schoolchildren”, tea house "Samovarnik" on the Sandy Alley worked in the park along with numerous buffets and kiosks.

In addition to traditional bars, buffets and water, juices and ice cream pavilions in the Izmailovsky Park, one could go to the dining room on the Central Clearing, the main restaurant close to the circus tent on the Big Circle, children's restaurant or bar-cafe.

Catering establishments were also waiting for visitors in Ostankino Park and Krasnopresnensky Park of Culture and Leisure.

Late in the 1930s, 61 public catering establishments belonged to the Moscow Restaurant Trust. This included dumplings snack bars, snack machine on the Old Square, food processing plants and diet canteens.

The state system of personnel training was organized to meet challenges of the industry. By late of the 1930s, the Institute of Public Catering Engineers, the Technical School of Public Catering and various culinary schools operated in Moscow.

Source: mos.ru

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