The tropical plant restaurant was constantly expanded over the years and supplemented with a mini-golf and miniature golf course. Soon after, the campsite was closed and converted into a car park to cater for the increasingly mobile crowd of guests.
In 1972, Christine and Urs Schwab-Wegmüller took over the business in the second generation. After eight years in business, they opened the then exceptional Dancing with Live Music. In 1997, after 14 months of construction, the Hotel Florida opened with 50 rooms.
In 2009, Stefanie Schwab took over the business in the third generation.
In February, the new labeling concept was realized.
In the parking lot some of the big trees had to be felled because of a disease. The planting was replaced and on the forest lake new flower beds were created and a new island for the ducks was put in place.
The forest lake was built with a regulation for the water level, with a water overflow into the old Aare river.
The houses on Aarweg 31 & 27 have been made newly accessible because the old lines led through the construction site of the new event place.
On the 9th of July 2014, after almost 50 years, the first Flamingo baby was born. The Flamingo baby girl was named Flora. This name was selected via a competition.
The magic garden with herb spiral next to the Castello was completed and invites you to linger and relax.
Also in January, the regulars' table was converted into a friendly "corner". The planted section of the roof above it was cleared and equipped with a water tank and an automatic irrigation system. This was newly planted and the side roof was insulated and newly designed.
All of the important parts of the kitchen were fitted with non-slip flooring. The office was reconstructed in order to provide enough room for the new economical dishwasher. Due to the size of the new dishwasher, the ice cream freezer had to be replaced. A new osmosis system was installed.
The toilets were brought up to date and brightened up with a nice new design. Furthermore, a popular children's toilet was constructed. The entrance area was repainted.
A heat pump was installed in the hotel and in January the heating and water pipes leading to the restaurant and the staff houses were laid. In July, all heating system substations were replaced and then the heat pump was put into service for the first time.
The new website went live.
The playground was renovated and the conditions and safety aspects were revised and included in the planning of it.
The Xanadu clothes shop was redeemed by Mr. Messerli and the "Red Cat" was opened.
In the Marok, the wooden structure with the colourful windows was replaced with a new roof featuring large neutral windows and insulated.
In the same vein, new insulation material was installed in the entire ceiling of the left side of the restaurant, the entrance to the dance stage and the goldsmith's studio. The conservatory in the adjacent rental apartment was renovated and insulated.
Stefanie Schwab, Christine & Urs's daughter acquired an 80% stake in Restaurant Florida AG. A holding company structure was formed.
The paths of the minigolf course were completely laid with colourful paving stones and thus also widened and made even more accessible to wheelchair users.
In July, the Minigolf World Championship was held in Switzerland for the first time on our minigolf courses.
In addition, the car park was completed.
The old factory buildings of the former car dealership were removed and the miniature golf course was built in its place.
On 14 March, the restaurant successfully opened and was now permitted to serve alcohol. The Florida Bar was another new addition. The bar was considered a very unusual establishment by European standards. It offered its guests with live music and attracted revellers with an exceptional dance stage, which looked like a peninsula in the reflection of the pool.
However, after just ten months the unthinkable happened. Due to a short circuit and the resulting smouldering fire, the bar was burnt to the ground.
Moreover, false media reports meant that guests assumed that the whole Florida premises had burned down. A decline in sales of up to 50% was recorded.
That is why the Wegmüller family moved into their bungalow with conservatory.
At the same time, the restaurant's infrastructure and dance stage were extended and renovated for 1.8 million so as to be able to continue to meet the guests' demands. Among other things, the office, the cold store and the beer cellar, as well as the entire buffet system with a waiters' self-service device, were replaced and modernised. The heating system had to be fully overhauled and expanded and was centralised in the process.
and her husband) leased the business. Very good teamwork developed between the two generations, which paved the way for further development. The new generation took charge of running the restaurant, Mr. Wegmüller was responsible for all renovation and construction work, and Mrs. Wegmüller continued to work hard in the background and helped out whenever the need arose.
At this time, we sold as many as 10,000 pork chops a year which were all barbecued on the "self-serve grill". Chips and bread were served with it. It wasn't long before salad dishes, chips and menu suggestions were introduced. The first Sunday menus were sold. As many as 350 diners were served by Mr. Schwab from a domestic kitchen equipped with only 4 electric hobs, an oven and a deep fryer. In addition, their ice creams were very popular. At that time, we only had a small number of auxiliary staff and temporary workers on our payroll.