Josef and Brigitte Mosshammer have installed a 24-hour meat vending machine in front of their butcher’s shop in Graz’s Zinzendorfgasse. The machine only accepts cash (which is also typical for smaller shops and restaurants in Austria) and it serves up delicacies such as Berner sausages wrapped with bacon and filled with cheese, potato gulash, steaks – as well as vegetarians side dishes such as Sauerkraut pickled cabbage and spreads. So if you’re in Graz and feel peckish at 1am (or on a Sunday when most shops are closed in Austria) you need go hungry no longer.
It’s officially the first 24-hour meat vending machine in Graz – but not the first in Austria. In April a butcher in Neulengbach in the Wienerwald installed a 24-hour vending machine – filled with meats for the barbeque in the summer and chops, steaks, and other hearty offerings in the winter.
The Mosshammers believe the idea will spread throughout Graz. “For us, it didn’t make sense to open a new branch, but we could easily expand our business with several of these vending machines throughout Graz”, they told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper. News of the vending machine quickly spread via the internet and the Mosshammers said on their first day of business their first customer arrived at midnight, from the village of Stattegg near Graz, and bought a steak.
The capital of haute cuisine, Paris, got its first meat vending machine in February, and the French capital also has a baguette dispenser.