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Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 1.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. - Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - Tuesday: closed
Business hours for our Restaurant "Räucherkate":
Tuesday-Friday: 10.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. - Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. - Monday and Sunday: closed

Article in Fischmagazin in 2007 (yearly edition)

Fishrestaurant as additional revenue

In September the "Räucherkate" was opened, a fishrestaurant that also offers fish delicatessen. Lothar und Marion Primus, who are producing sturgeon and Koi-carp in Fischut Primus, bought the empty and slightly rundown building of the Räucherkate, to develop and expand it. Now the clientele can enjoy exquisite sea food in a bistro atmosphere.

Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"
Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"

The location of the restaurant is on first sight somehow untypical, it`s not located in the cities centre with its mall, where potential clients swarm, but rather on the well used street that leads to the A 46. Is someone in Iserlohn really willing to walk more than one Kilometer from the centre to enjoy a fish meal? It is an experiment, says Lothar Primus, but one with carefully calculated odds. Even the small former Räucherkate with its narrow assortment was on this location very well frequented from the people of Iserlohn until it closed its doors.

He bets even more on another reservoir, one that is constantly passing the restaurant: everyone who leaves Iserlohn by car in the direction of A 46, to reach Hagen or Arnsberg, has to pass the Räucherkate. And it`s not likely that the project fails because of absence of parking space, because they have an extensive parking lot.

The restaurant, a neat building with a wide front of glass, through which the daylight submerges the sitting area of the restaurant, can normally not be overlooked.

"A fish restaurant like that was until now missing in Iserlohn."

Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"
Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"

Dark wooden furniture gives the interior with its 40 seats a stylish - businesslike atmosphere. Another 30 seats are at hand on the patio. Lothar Primus and his wife Marion showed good taste in the interior and wove their own ideas into the project. A modern kitchen, refrigerator and freezer found their place In the Räucherkate, which has only the dimensions in common with the old restaurant. "We renovated the building from the cellar upwards, therefore we had to take out the whole core. Gasaccess and heater had to be installed to make the restaurant possible."


Around the Räucherkate a generous patio was layed out. The realization of the project took around half a year took and approximately 400.000 Euro.

Components of meals can be freely combined

The plan at the moment is that the visitors can choose between 18 delicious sea food meals. "What`s on the menu is a proposal not a dogma", says Lothar Primus. All components can be freely combined by our customers.

Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"
Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"

" We are totally flexible", answers the chef Jean Claud Pierrot. Primus is happy that he has the Luxembourger, who worked in a foreign country for a long time, on his payroll. "Jean-Claude is accustomed with the international kitchen and is a natural in costumer relations." In the front-cooking-area of the open kitchen he is able to chat with his clients, all the while he is garnishing their food. Lothar Primus hopes, that in daily routine, 100 to 200 meals are sold. For the general run-through clientele a big assortment of rolls with fish, smoked fish and other fish delicatessen are for sale.


The gastronomical concept exhibits next to the fish standards like trout, salmon, pangasius and red snapper, also noble products like crabs, King crab and oysters. Primus only wants to offer this for the westfalian Iserlohn untypical assortment only as long as its popular. In accordance with the season he plans to offer popular hits, like Matjes or plaice. Why not together with mussels or crabs? Main part of the menu is going to be sturgeon and catfish, that are produced in Lothar Primus own Fischgut, that lies around 10 km away. "The smoking is done there. Our Shuttleservice carries the wares to and fro on demand."

Fischgut-Primus - Restaurant "Räucherkate"

Ongoing development of gastronomical concept

One day after the opening, when Lothar and Marion Primus invited selected guests from throughout the country, the regular business started. "We are not advertizing this particular day, because we do not want to be overrun by to many interested clients on the first day." The danger was definitely there since the restaurant was already during the construction phase the cause of much talk all over the city.
It´s not that Primus is against guests, but the four permanent employees and the two additional workers from the farm are supposed to get routine in the kitchen, the shop and the restaurant. Anyone that comes to visit in his or her breaktime, doesn`t want to wait long. "A customer that has to wait to long maybe denies us another chance."

A showy res sign at the street reminds every passer by, that only a few meters away tasty sea foods waits. "We hope that businessman find their way into our restaurant, and hopefully take their clients with them." the fishengineer and new restaurant owner smirks. "Already during the construction phase a lot of people stopped and asked when we would start."

The coming days and weeks will show, how the Iserlohner population will respond to the restaurant. "The concept of the restaurant and the range of products are in an experimental stage"; repeats Lothar Primus. "For us this is a new field of expertise, where we are not experienced yet. But doesn`t have to be necessarily a negative, because this way we are open for suggestions, which we can convert instantly." The first change is probably set to be in a few days and will have to do with the business hours that are planned to be 9.00 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.. "Already the guests are calling for a reservation in the evening!" The chances for success of the fish restaurant are not that bad. As one of the guests of the opening ceremony remarked:" A fish restaurant like this was always missing in Iserlohn."