“The things I like, my guests have to like them too.” Charles Schumann was born Karl Georg Schuhmann in 1941 in Upper Palatinate. He graduated from an episcopal high-school in Regensburg at the age of 17, joined the Federal Border Guard, and completed consular training with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then attended a college of hotel management in Switzerland. At the age of 30, he moved to the south of France, worked in various clubs and nightclubs and studied French at the University of Montpellier. In the summer of 1973, Charles – the name he was given while in France – returned to Munich and became a barkeeper in the legendary Harry's New York Bar. In 1982 he opened the Schumann’s American Bar in the Maximilianstrasse 36. In the meantime, the Schumann’s Bar am Hofgarten has moved to Odeonsplatz and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Charles Schumann has remained true to his principles: he simply wants to have things the simple way. Cocktails? Preferably classic and with just a few ingredients. Good service, the best quality, no frills. More than anything else, Charles likes things honest and direct. Sometimes you can find him sitting in the garden of his bar, with an apron over his suit, cutting potatoes. “There is no secret to the Schumann's roast potatoes, except that I’m the only one who can make them”.