HIGHLAND PARK — Last week we reported on the opening of a Romanian-inspired cafe on York Boulevard. Today, we have news about another York restaurant in the works, this one putting a vegan spin on the German beer garden.
Matthias Brandt, a native of Germany now living in Glassell Park, is in the process of getting city approvals to open a German restaurant with outdoor beer garden in the 4900 block of York. The idea is to serve German beer and house-made vegan versions of German dishes in a 2,100-square-foot space with 87 indoors seats and 36 outdoor seats.
“We are naming the space Hinterhof, after the inner courtyards of residential pre-war apartment buildings in Berlin,” Brandt said in an email. “These spaces are where Berliners casually meet with their neighbors in the evenings and on weekends to eat, drink and catch up.”
While Brandt has a retail shop in San Francisco, Hinterhof will be his first foray into the restaurant world. “I have been building a great team, however, and have been working on the menu for some time with a very talented German chef, herself vegetarian, who co-owned a successful German restaurant in Santa Barbara with her family.’
ANX/Aaron Neubert Architects, the firm behind Ozu in Atwater Village, has been hired to create a create a cube-like restaurant featuring large walls of glass. Brandt had initially begun to invest in renovating the existing building on the site but ran into serious structural problems that required a much bigger project.
“I saw this location while riding my bike and thought that it would make a great little beer garden where I could serve vegan versions of traditional German dishes that my grandmother made me,” said Brandt, who has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. “I loved the location on York and the potential for it to become a part of the neighborhood again after so many years of it being empty.”
If all goes as planned, Hinterhoff may open by the end of the year.
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