As a counter ( Greek θήκη counter , latin theca , container ',' box '), the table-like separation between staff and customers in restaurants (also: counter , bar , Schank [ table ]) or commercial premises (also: counter , counter , counter ) where the goods are handed over and payment is made.
In pubs and bars , the counter is used for serving drinks. In bars, the counter itself is also referred to as a "bar", so you can not only be in a bar , but also sit there as a guest at the bar (= on bar stools directly at the counter) or behind the bar (or Working as a bartender .
The Greek thēkē also appears as a word component -thek in some names for public and private institutions in which something is stored, e.g. B. Library , discotheque , video store , pharmacy . Word formations with -bank are comparable , e.g. B. database, blood bank, gene bank.