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Mathias Brandweiner Austrian Mathias Brandweiner is sommelier and restaurant manager at the POTS restaurant of the 5-star Ritz Carlton Hotel in Berlin. Raffaella Usai spoke with the passionate host about the new Corona rules, the celebratory mood of his guests and urgently needed staff.

What is the current mood in the gastronomy industry?

Brandweiner: The first period after the lockdown was difficult, but since mid-June business has been back in full swing. And since then it has only been going uphill. The many enquiries for weddings, birthdays and family celebrations are striking, and we can't answer them all. There is a great need to catch up. And even on days that are not normally the busiest, we are busy at lunchtime and in the evening and even have to turn guests away.