Hef of the former Casablanca Bar at Le Méridien Frankfurt worked 37 years at the hotel Wiesenhüttenplatz
<He was Barkeeper of the Year, designed Germany's first theme bar, wrote the world's first book on raki cocktails - and passionately mixed and created countless cocktails: Ahmet Ayberk, head of the Casablanca Bar in Le Méridien Frankfurt, which is open until 2017, is retiring after 37 years at the same hotel. “An era of Frankfurt bar culture is coming to an end“, says hotel director Wolfgang Selinger. „Ahmet is a true artist in the bar scene, a passionate host and a good friend for many regulars. The popularity of the former Casablanca Bar in our house was clearly his merit.“ </p>
1982 Ahmet Ayberk came to Le Méridien at Frankfurter Wiesenhüttenplatz, which at that time was still called Parkhotel. He began as deputy restaurant manager of the Parkstube, then managed the legendary Casablanca Bar and played a major role in the development of today's The Legacy Bar. Before and during his time in Frankfurt, he gathered inspiration and know-how in Singapore, St. Petersburg and Salvador. The native Turk can therefore draw on an extensive pool of ideas and recipes for his cocktails and mix each guest his own individual drink. Ayberk has received numerous international awards from the industry and was one of the first bartenders from Brazil to bring the Caipirinha to Frankfurt. Together with Fatih Akerdem, the second Frankfurt barkeeper legend from The Westin Grand Hotel, he wrote the cocktail recipe book “Raki Nights“, at the time the first of its kind worldwide. “Thank you, my friend, for the fabulous time and unforgettable moments“, Akerdem also says to the future retiree.
Statt of a big farewell party Ahmet Ayberk has wanted a quiet dinner evening in a small circle. “With him goes not only a city-famous personality, with him go also countless stories and the last ‚piece‘ Casablanca Bar“, so Wolfgang Selinger. Miguel Pereira has been the head of The Legacy Bar for several months now. The Le Méridien Frankfurt with 300 rooms and suites is located in the trendy Frankfurt train station district, on a green city square that is considered a hotspot of the gastronomy and nightlife scene. The hotel is only a few minutes' walk from the main railway station and the banking and business district, the Museumsufer is within walking distance and the airport can be reached within 15 minutes by car. In-Location for Casual Fine Dining with Smoked and Barbecue specialities is The Legacy Bar & Grill. For meetings and events, the hotel offers 10 event rooms on more than 600 square meters of space. The group-wide art program “Unlock art“ is realized by Le Méridien Frankfurt through a partnership with Schirn Kunsthalle, one of Germany's top addresses for contemporary art.