Das Cafe - Restaurant Diglas
It is one of the most famous and traditional coffeehouses in the City of Vienna. It is
situated in the immediate vicinity of St. Stephans Cathedral, in Wollzeile 10, right behind
365 days a year - no day of rest whatsoever - you can enjoy your cup of coffe, tea or hot chocolate and choose "your" piece of delicious homemade cake, strudel or other typical Viennese sweet/pudding out of a tremendous selection.
Also, a number of excellent dishes from 3 different menus are offered all day long to hungry guests (from 7.00 a.m. until 11.30 p.m). Although the restaurant is located in the center of the City the guests do not have to take their nourishment indoor when it is hot, they can eat and "keep a cool head by a hot drink" in the open air in the typical Viennese "Schanigarten".
At the opening of his restaurants in the "Türkenschanzpark" emperor Franz Josef I was his first guest.
Diglas' sons Hans and Franz, returning from the United States, where they had stayed for 18 years, started to create a series of restaurants.
Amongst it the "Niederösterreichische Landesmusterkeller" in Singerstraße Nr. 6, which was open around the clock.
In 1923 they founded the "Café Diglas" in the Wollzeile, which is the only one which is
still run by Hans Diglas. Over the years it has developed into a very popular meeting.
The young O.W. Fischer, in the company of his mother spent much time here; the father of the former Chancellor Schuschnigg drank his coffee at the "Diglas",
and the composer Franz Lehar surrounded by his librettists preferred to sit in the "private box of the emperor"
After World War II you could find there Karl Farkas, the cabaret artist, at his regular seat, or Heimito von Doderer always sitting in the back in the corner.
In the Fifties the regular guests went astray when the Café converted into an Espresso according to the spirit of the age.
In 1988 the grandson of the foundor Hans Diglas endeavoured to renovate the coffee house into its orginal state.
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