While the STORCH
, an institution in Schoeneberg in the 90's, continued to enjoy some popularity, it did not last. Its first class, but elaborate and costly cuisine, could not pay for itself any longer. Thus the STORCH
, at the end of 2007, after 22 years in business, had to declare bankruptcy.
As an old fan of the STORCH
, Oliver Schupp
is making it his business to preserve this wonderful establishment. Along with chef Hannes Behrmann
, who cooked for the STORCH
during its glory days, Oliver has set out to give new life to the STORCH
and restore it to its former heights. He will bring back the signature "Flammkuchen" (it simply belongs there) but the focus will be on homestyle regional German cooking. And , a new name will set the tone.
Why Renger-Patzsch? Albert Renger-Patzsch
(1897-1966) is recognized as a pioneer of German landscape photography. His pictures hang in great museums throughout the world including the MOMA in NY. Renger Patzsch was a friend of Oliver's grandfather Fritz Schupp
, renowned architect of "Zeche Zollverein", a World Heritage site. He collected Renger Patzsch's works which Oliver has been fortunate to inherit. Their timeless and moving beauty symbolizes Hannes Behrmann's no- nonsense and earthy cuisine.