Diglas Coffeehouse in Vienna
Originally, Family Diglas was represented in the professional group of barrel-makers in the region of Hollabrunn. They supplied wine barrels to Viennese innkeepers and – as fate would have it – the debt claims of one customer piled up. This resulted in the acquisition of an inn in Radetzgystraße in Vienna in lieu of payment by Hans Diglas (in the year 1859). Since 1875 Diglas has been a well-known name in the Viennese hospitality industry. Already back then, Hans Diglas I. run establishments like the “Casino Zögernitz” in Döbling, the “Goldener Adler” in Radetzkystraße, the “SchöneAussicht” or the “Schlosshotel Restaurant” at Maurer Hauptplatz.
When opening his restaurant in Türkenschanzpark, Emperor Franz Joseph I. was his first guest.
After having stayed in the United States for 18 years, the sons Hans and Franz Diglas began to found a number of gastronomic establishments in Vienna. Among these was the “NiederösterreichischerLandesmusterteller” in Singerstraße 6. This establishment was open day and night.
Only in 1923, they founded Café Diglas in Wollzeile. It is the only establishment which survived and developed into a much loved café in the city centre. It is here where the young O.W. Fischer sat down, accompanied by his mother, of course. It is here where the father of the Federal Chancellor Schuschnigg drank his coffee. And it is the “Kaiserloge” in Diglas which the composer Franz Lehnar, surrounded by his librettists, preferred at his time. After the war, the cabaret artist Karl Farkas was usually found here at his favourite seat next to the pillar, and Heimito von Doderer was usually seen in the back corner next to the toilets. In the 50s, our traditional guests trailed off when a part of the coffee house was transformed into an Espresso according to the current zeitgeist. In the year 1964, Hans Diglas III., a fully trained hotel manager, took over the fortunes of his father and introduced an extensive offer in the restaurant after gaining a fulltime licence.
By renovating the coffeehouse in the year 1988, the grandson of the founder, Hans Diglas IV. tried to restore it to its original state.In the year 1999, family Diglas took over the café-confectionary at Fleischmarkt 16. Together with his wife, the operator Komm. Rat. Walter Schmohl has been running this business so rich in tradition since 1935. Founded in 1875, this business originally used to be called “KonditoreizumWeißenKreuz”. It is remarkable that even the old bakery in the historic rooms of the inn could be preserved with the help of the Viennese “Altstadterhaltungsfonds” (funds to preserve the historic city). Until today the pastries are created for the business according to old recipes in this same bakery.
Exhibits well worth seeing, like the old stirring unit, which was used in the year 1900, are located in the entrance of the bakery at Fleischmarkt.