MOST READ STORIES 2021: Haapsalu eateries close their doors

Jüri Kalamees, the owner of Haapsalu Taxi Pub, has not hidden from the beginning that he will not ask his customers for a corona certificate. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla

Lääne Elu will republish the most read stories in 2021. One of them is the story “Haapsalu eateries close their doors” published on October 26.

Jüri Kalamees, the owner of Haapsalu Taxi Pub, has not hidden from the beginning that he will not ask his customers for a corona certificate. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla

Following the requirement for a vaccine passport that came into force yesterday, two restaurants closed the doors along Haapsalu’s main street – Mesimoka Café and Taksi Pub.

A sign affixed to the main door of a taxi pub yesterday announced that the pub was closed indefinitely, the reason being the restriction that only vaccinated people could eat from yesterday.

“Haapsalu is a small place,” said Jüri Kalamees, the owner of a taxi pub, to Lääne Life yesterday morning. “We can’t say ‘no’ to people who have been our customers for years and years. The heart cannot stand it. We are waiting for the corona passports to disappear. ”

Tiina and Jüri Kalamees, as the owners of the pub, declared publicly already in August, when the restaurants had to check the corona certificate that they would not do so. The whole city knew that taxis could be obtained without a certificate or test. However, no precepts have been issued for the pub, although the Fisherman was ready for it. “Well, there was no precept,” said the Fisherman.

He still does not agree to check the corona passport and does not consider it reasonable. It costs three unemployed people to retire at home. “We tested our employees regularly, measured the temperature of our customers, we did not serve the sick. The employees wore masks, ”said Kalamees. “But now it has been said that places will be closed if we do not check, so we did it ourselves. I also have nerves. ”

If, while waiting for the precept, the Fisherman was ready to defend himself even in court, now he sees no point in it – he won’t win anyway. In November, the pub would be ten years old. “Now there is no party,” sighed the Fisherman.

On the eve of the birthday, the Mesimoka café, which will be fifth on Friday, also closed its doors. Yesterday morning, the owner of Mesimoka, Anneli Kaljusaar, put a sign on the window of the café that from October 25, food can only be ordered and bought. The kitchen prepared a daily dish – burgers and buckwheat soup, although there were no orders yet.

A yellow excavator mumbled on the street dug up right in front of the cafe door, one bucket full of sand after another traveling into the box of a red truck. There are simply no more coffeepers, because the street has been dug up. “I don’t have the heart to tell the few regular customers I still have that you can’t get in anymore,” said Kaljusaar, crying in his throat. So far, the corona certificate has not been checked. The town is small and the hostess knows that so many do not.

The renovation of Posti Street has had a more devastating effect than the corona, it reduced the number of eaters by 50 percent, just in July, at the peak of summer, tourists who did not come to the open street exposed to the trees heated by hell did not come. “I understand that repairs are needed, but did it have to start in July,” Kaljusaar said, wiping his eyes. If in good times 40 people visited Mesimoka a day, now at best a couple of dozen, if any. In the summer, the Haapsalu course hall helped to keep the head afloat, who ordered Mesimoka cakes and cakes, but in the autumn-winter the course hall is closed. “If it hadn’t been for the course hall, Mesimokk would probably have closed already in July,” said Kaljusaar.

“They serve the locals, they have the hardest time,” said Rein Vatku, owner of the Müüriääre café, about Mesimoka and Taksi. The lion’s share of the customers of the weekend café in Müüriääre comes from outside Haapsalu. It is true that when the certificate was demanded in the summer, the turnover dropped by 30 percent compared to last year and has now risen to the level of 2019. “We have always asked for proof and there are no more problems with it,” said Marget Vatku, owner of Müüriääre café. In the beginning, some customers behaved defiantly. “They said they would go elsewhere to eat where no evidence was asked,” said Marget Vatku. “Some customers in Tallinn demanded a free saliva test from us. There are no more, because visitors have realized that asking for a certificate is not the whim of a caterer. ”

The cynic closed the doors

The doors were also closed indefinitely by the brand new Küüniku café, which was opened barely two months ago and is run by musician Antti Kammiste.

“Corona troubles,” Kammiste told Lääne Life yesterday. Not that he doesn’t want to ask for proof, he has done it, but the Cynic is facing delivery difficulties – the coffee machine already ordered in July is not arriving or arriving, autumn is here, but the air source heat pump will not arrive. “The room can’t be warm – sound like a wolf’s barn,” said Kammiste.

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