The closing of another one of the landmark cafes in the Leopoldstr. in Munich’s Schwabing quarter. The Roxy has been closed and renovation and redecoration works are already well underway for a new pizza place which is moving into the attractive corner location, sueddeutsche.de, Abenzeitung-muenchen.de and practically all Munich based media report yesterday, July 12, 2016 and today in both their online and printed versions.
Many Munichers feel that the once lively, artsy, schickimicki Shwabing they used to know in their youth is fading away. The owners of the cafes and live-music clubs once were as much cult as the places they ran. In the whole district there are now only two places left for live music. The tiny Alfonso’s (a 30 people capacity place) is still open, but often almost empty, while the legendary Schwabing Podium is going to have to move by the end of the year and owner are asking fans to help them find another location for the building in the Wagner Street is going to be torn down to make room for a more modern one. Schwabinger 7 and the Monopol had to make room for a more modern building also a few years ago.
The people living in Schwabing have also changed. The new generation of tenants has a fairly low noise toleration level and are often complaining about noise from cafes and bars, as if they didn’t know where they were moving to, and the cafes and bars were there before them, as the German actor and Schwabing lover Moses Wolff told the TZ newspaper.
Besides the new tenants, real estate prices are what is forcing many cafes out of Schwabing. The buildings get renovated or are being torn down and another one built, only to be rented out for a higher price and Schwabing is losing its former character. The Glockenbach quarter and even the Au-Haidhausen district are taking over now.