Hofbräuhaus Chicago, a classic Bavarian beer hall, quietly debuted Monday in Rosemont's new entertainment district with Mayor Bradley Stephens hosting an invitation-only, inaugural keg-tapping before the soft opening.
The custom-built, 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery, located in the village's MB Financial Park, 5500 Park Place, is modeled after the famous establishment in Munich, Germany. The Rosemont venue is one of four official Hofbräuhaus locations in the United States.
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A grand opening celebration is slated for later this spring.
Hofbräuhaus is one of the last venues to open in the MB Financial Park development. Last year, the village celebrated the opening of the Five Roses Irish Pub, Kings Bowling, Toby Keith's "I Love this Bar and Grill," Adobe Gila's Mexican Cantina, The Park Tavern, and Zanies Comedy Club, as well as an outdoor ice-skating rink that's open through Feb. 24.
"My Big Fat Greek Restaurant" also opens this month in the entertainment district.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago features a menu of traditional Bavarian specialties served by Dirndl-wearing waitresses, nightly live entertainment from Germany, and an on-site microbrewery led by a brewmaster trained in the 400-year-old recipes and techniques of Hofbräuhaus-style beer. The venue features a beer garden for the summer months and two rooms for private parties. The beer hall seats more than 500 guests.