Istanbul Clears Cafes Off of Streets
Constanze Letsch reports that over 2,000 waiters and other restaurant employees from the crackdown, and revenues are down 80% at some cafes:
"One possible solution offered by the municipality is the "70cm balcony" that can be added outside – so far only one restaurant has put the idea into practice, at a price of 20,000 lira. According to Turkish media, the official guidelines are vague: the balcony should be "chic" and not cheap-looking, but business owners could decide themselves about the final design. Most restaurant and bar owners, however, reject this costly plan."