Upright gait, tall, clear as ice: That's the way he's always been known. On 13 September, the founder of the Block dynasty has celebrated his 80th birthday. What an event, what a life achievement!
In the current pandemic crisis, the grand seigneur of German system gastronomy has spoken out in anger. Objection to the conditions imposed by the authorities, announcement of legal action. Significant! Eugen Block has never lacked storm resistance, he does not like to be joked with.
A stubborn man - that's what he calls himself. Stubborn, if not obstinate. But what inevitably belongs to the basic traits of a pioneering entrepreneur: it is no coincidence that Eugen Block has made history in the German professional gastronomy. We remember: in 1968, the son of an restaurateur's family in Oldenburg, then 28 years young, opened his first steakhouse in Hamburg's Dorotheenstraße after a stay in the USA, the starting point of a phenomenal success story.
Like all great founder figures, Eugen Block is sometimes uncomfortable. Meticulous, a self-confessed perfectionist, a master of self-discipline and Christian ethos. As a devout Catholic, he has all his new restaurants blessed by a priest. Trust in God as a source of strength - to whom is that still given today?
He has always demanded a lot, especially from himself. Diligence is one of the virtues that are sacred to him, a yardstick that he also applies to his employees, whether managers or dishwashers. An ingenious visionary, a strict patriarch, a caring father figure at the same time: repeated awards from the Group as a top employer speak for themselves. In the meantime, Eugen Block keeps a low profile within the company and has renounced all official mandates.
His declared wish, addressed to his grandchildren: "Please do not sell the company. He will certainly not let up in the future ... hats off to a tireless big player in this industry!