Survival of Wenceslas Square’s sausage stands assured
It’s hard to imagine a Wenceslas Square without sausage stands, selling hot dogs, greasy Czech klobasas, and beer. It had seemed such fast-food stalls would be removed, as part of a major project to regenerate Prague’s best known thoroughfare. But in the face of public opposition, the city’s authorities have now backed down.
There are sausage stands every 50 or so metres along both sides of Wenceslas Square. As well as selling greasy but strangely delicious ‘klobasa’ (a Czech sausage much like German ‘wurst’) their menus offer Czech staples like fried cheese and frankfurters.
Another complaint? That these stands sold alcohol. City Hall said it had received numerous complaints from businesses lining the square about the food outlets’ clientele and the noise they produced.
So on Wednesday, Prague City Hall relented. Sausage stands will remain on Wenceslas Square after its renovation, but there will be less of them, and they won’t be open 24 hours a day as is currently the case. The outlets will be banned from selling all hard liquor, but beer will still be sold on tap.