Beer Garden Restaurant Wins Belleville Liquor License
Belleville, IL/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – After several setbacks, it looks like the long-awaited Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis may soon open in Belleville. Development of the 25,000-square foot German-style beer garden restaurant at 6501 Illinois Rte. 15 has been underway since 2015. It was originally slated to open in June 2016, but suffered several project delays. On Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) the Belleville City Council unanimously approved a liquor license for the premises and brewing equipment has recently been installed onsite. The Belleville News-Democrat cites project spokesman Ron O’Connor in reporting that the much-anticipated Hofbräuhaus is now expected to open in late fall 2017.
This enormous, new brewery-biergarten-restaurant in Belleville will seat 750 inside and another 250 in the outdoor biergarten. Part of the Hofbräuhaus of America franchise group, the new restaurant’s design is based on the original Hofbräuhaus (royal brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria) in Munich, Germany, circa 1592. The Belleville Hofbräuhaus will feature authentic German food and beer, as well as oompah bands flown in from Germany and Austria. Notably, they’ll make and serve Hofbräu beer for consumption on site, and for sale in growlers, so patrons can take the fresh brews home.
Hofbräu beer was introduced in the US in 1997, with the first North American Hofbräuhaus opening in Newport, Kentucky in 2003. The next year, a replica of the original Munich Hofbräuhaus opened in Las Vegas. When it opens later this year, Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville will be the eighth franchise location for Hofbräuhaus of America, LLC, and the largest Hofbräuhaus in North America.
Developers Chuck and Chane Keller are spending about $12 million on the project situated across Illinois Route 15 from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. City officials have also approved $2 million to extend sewer lines to the site, and some $32 million in tax incentives for the project. In addition to the Hofbräuhaus biergarten and restaurant, the Belleville project includes plans for three other restaurants, a soccer park, a Jack Flash convenience store with video gaming, and a $28 million, 130-room Hyatt Place hotel and conference center. None of the other businesses have opened yet, but the convenience store and the hotel are expected to open in 2018.