Hvar’s Laganini Restaurant Incorrectly Reported Closed

Lauren Simmonds

August 1, 2020 – Some weird news from one of Croatia’s most beloved restaurants, Hvar’s beloved Laganini, as some reports surfaced of it being closed down by the State Inspectorate – and then it turned out the reports weren’t true.

As plavakamenica writes on the 1st of August, 2020, Dalmatinski portal announced on Thursday that the State Inspection closed down the famous and much loved Hvar restaurant Laganini, due to a violation of what has been classified as maritime domain. The state inspection claims that the owner of Laganini constructed five wooden canopies intended for the serving of food and drinks and that he concreted a part of the shore in order to enable the installation of hospitality and catering equipment, and that he did all that without a proper concession. Therefore, the Inspectorate closed and fenced off the island’s beloved Laganini, while the appropriate charges were filed against the owner of the facility.

For years, Laganini has been known as the best restaurant on the beautiful island of Hvar and one of the best Croatian restaurants in general. Chef Hrvoje Zirojević from Laganini promotes modern yet very sophisticated styles of Dalmatian cuisine. The wine list is among the most competent in all of Croatia, while the service is almost as good as in that in Zagreb’s stunning Esplanade Hotel.

Laganini, which is otherwise located on St. Clement, is a real money factory. Therefore, it’s difficult to say whether it is wise to close it down in the middle of the worst tourist season Hvar has seen since the war. It is quite clear that the misuse of maritime domain is indeed inadmissible, and is something that should be immediately punished and prevented from occurring again.

If the owner of Laganini really committed that offense, it seems that it would be wiser to severely punish him financially and close down those five disputed canopies, removing their function, than to close the most important and most popular gastronomic attraction on the entire island of Hvar in the middle of summer, and amid the coronavirus pandemic which has already dealt an extremely heavy blow to Croatian tourism as a whole.

However, in an (not quite) unexpected twist, the restaurant itself has commented on the situation late last night/early this morning, in a Facebook post, as index.hr reports

Translated to English, the post states that they wanted to stop the publication of incorrect articles on some websites, to confirm that they are OPEN and that everything is laganini (which is the name of the restaurant and at the same time, the apt description of a way of life on Dalmatian islands).

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