Millions of litres of beer and many thousands of meals are carried over it year after year: The floor of the Löwenbräukeller in Munich literally has a lot to bear. In addition to the day-to-day business of this traditional meeting point, Fasching festivals and costume balls are also held in some rooms, where the floor is subjected to even greater stresses than those of normal business. In order for it to continue to do so reliably, and still look good, it was replaced during the course of renovation of the building from March to November 2008 in the “Bräustüberl” guest-room, the three large kitchens and all sanitary facilities, store-rooms and side-rooms. The products of the codex brand from the flooring specialists of Uzin Utz AG now ensure that the new flooring meets the varied demands of the Löwenbräukeller and its many guests.
Since 1883, the Löwenbräukeller on the Stiglmaierplatz in Munich has been much more than simply a hostelry: The ornate building with its striking, round tower, is a meeting point and event location for both locals and visitors to the Bavarian state capital. It was a trend-setter from its very opening, being the first hostelry to offer its guests tablecloths and napkins. Nor did the guests have to wash their own mugs, as was the common practice. The history of the Löwenbräukeller in the following years was as chequered and eventful as that of the city of Munich itself: In the Second World War, it was severely damaged by bombing, before being rebuilt in 1950. In 1986, it was almost completely burnt out. In the meantime, it has been renovated and modernised several times.
From Bräukeller to building site
At the end of 2008, the green light was given for a thorough renovation of the building. Landlord Christian Schottenhamel set himself the goal of bringing the Löwenbräukeller up to the latest state of the technology as a hostelry and event centre, while at the same time still retaining the popular, traditional ambience. This was done using the very latest event technology and kitchen equipment. The floors, walls and ceilings were also refurbished during the course of the work. Since the floors in both the kitchens and the “Bräustüberl” guest-room are subject to heavy traffic, the contractor, Marenia GmbH Fliesen & Trockenbau of Puchheim, relied on products of the codex brand to ensure that the new floor coverings such as kitchen tiles and natural stone panels would be given a firm and permanent hold on the undersurface. Various system constructions of Uzin Utz AG were used in the different individual areas of the Löwenbräukeller.
In the three kitchens, which every year turn out thousands of ham shanks, roast pork, dumplings and other treats of the Bavarian cuisine, a system on the basis of epoxy resin was chosen, which stands up to the great stresses experienced by large kitchen floors and walls. After removal of the old floor covering and the wall tiles, and the subsequent thorough cleaning of the unfinished floor and walls, the operation continued with the application of the 2-K epoxy sealing primer Uzin PE 460. This was sealed once more after drying using the 2-K reactive sealant codex Epoxidicht. After the fitting of codex sealing strip, codex outer and inner sealing corners and codex sealing sleeves with the aid of the reaction resin sealant codex Epoxidicht, the surface was prepared for the special conditions prevailing in a large kitchen, which is cleaned every evening with hundreds of litres of water and cleaning agents. The easy-to-clean tiles laid in the kitchens were given a firm hold with the 2-K reaction resin mortar codex Epoxiflex Plus, while the joints were grouted with the highly chemical-resistant epoxy jointing compound codex Epo Tix. After cleaning with codex Epo Wash to prevent the formation of resin streaks and final cleaning with codex Epo Clean, all that remained to be done was to close the movement, connection and field boundary joints with the silicon smoothing putty codex quadroSil, before the kitchen was turned back over to the cooks of the Löwenbräukeller.
The floor of the “Bräustüberl” guest-room seating around 150, where innumerable parties are celebrated and the staff of the Bräukeller notch up several kilometres every day, was long past its best. The substrate was a mixture of mastic asphalt with some repaired areas and large cracks in places.
Before relaying, the floor was primed with epoxy sealing primer Uzin PE 460 and coated with quartz sand while still wet. After the primer had dried, the floor was levelled using a composite correcting layer of the fast-hardening levelling compound codex FM 50 Turbo. Following the drying time of only two hours, codex Fliesengrund was applied using foam rollers as the bonding agent for the UZIN Multimoll Top 4 decoupling panels. The 4 mm-thick, synthetic resin-bonded pressed polyester fibre panel acts as a decoupling and insulating layer, and is suitable for use in interior areas as a base, even on unfavourable substrates, and is applied to the substrate using the rapid-hardening codex Power Flex Turbo. The new natural stone panels, whose appearance perfectly matches this traditional building with its typical Bavarian charm, were installed using the plastic-reinforced, white thin-bed mortar codex Stone Flex. After jointing with codex Brillant Flex Basic flexible grouting and closure of the connection and field boundary joints with the silicon smoothing putty codex quadroSil, the floor of the “Bräustüberl” was once again ready for the feet of hungry and thirsty guests.
Store-rooms, side-rooms and sanitary facilities For the store-rooms, side-rooms and sanitary facilities of the Löwenbräukeller, the surfaces were prepared for sealing with codex NC 220. This 2-K dispersion-cement sealant is the ideal undersurface for rooms subject to exposure to damp. The plastic-reinforced, thin-bed mortar codex Power CX 3, which can be applied direct without any standing time, formed the bedding for the tiles. Thanks to the high-strength cement special jointing mortar codex Resist and the silicon smoothing putty codex quadroSil, daily cleaning with water and additives, which is essential in catering because of the necessary high hygiene standards, is no problem. Today the guests of the Löwenbräukeller notice no sign of the extensive renovation work. They enjoy the cooking and brewing art of this traditional hostelry, and its comfortable, spruced-up atmosphere, here in the heart of Munich.