December 20th, 2013
Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
A taste of Bavaria is coming to Columbus.
A Hofbrauhaus restaurant and beer hall modeled after the 420-year-old Hofbrauhaus in Munich will open in the fall of 2014 as part of the next phase of development at Grandview Yard.
The property developer, Nationwide Realty Investors, also is planning an office building and a parking structure as part of the $25 million next phase of development, which will be at Goodale Boulevard and Yard Street. The Grandview Heights Planning Commission approved the plans Wednesday night.
The 18,000-square-foot Hofbrauhaus will seat 1,300 people. The restaurant space will include a large Bier Hall with live entertainment, an Old World German style dining room and an outdoor Bier Garden. Inside, there will be decorations, steins and pitchers from Munich. Customers won’t sit at the typical tables and booths found in restaurants, but instead will be at long benchlike tables.
Hofbrau beer, which also is available in area stores, will be brewed at the restaurant, and twice a year the restaurant will bring beer directly from Munich, said Matt Plapp, who handles marketing for the group that owns the Columbus location.
“It’s a great location, a prime location for the concept,” Platt said.
Other Hofbrauhaus restaurants, which serve German and American food, are in Pittsburgh and near Cincinnati in Newport, Ky.