Wednesday, 16 April 2014
The Street of a Hundred Taverns, by some citizens, stretches well past the Konigsplatz and ends only at the North Gate. And the Northern Garden1 takes it name from both is best feature and its location—and named as unimaginatively as the owner, Hannus Essen, is unimaginative.
Hannus' wife is an herb grower and the Northern Garden started when a piece of land on the Konigstrasse became available after a small fire that gutted the shop and hostel at the location. Hannus' wife is rumored to have plied the landlord with aromatic herbs and soon renovations began and the Northern Garden was open soon after.
The garden dominates the entrance and Frau Essen sells the flowers and herbs that grow there and the fair-to-middling cook in the tavern uses them. Hannus is generally grumpy and watches the garden for rodents, pests, and thieves (usually students from the University after flowers for courting or herbs for whatever "ruinous practices they teach in those ivory towers!" (as Hannus can be quoted as saying and saying often).
Hannus acts not only as garden guard, but also as the bouncer. A burly man that is used to hard work watches the tavern for trouble makers and quickly ejects them at the first sign of trouble.
Frau Essen recently provided herbs to a Priestess of Valaya, the Dwarf goddess of Home and Hearth, for a tincture that was said to relieve headaches. The priestess was so thankful that she commissioned a new lintel and sign for the Northern Garden. Together the new features provide an air of upper class sensibility that has indeed raised the clientele that visits.