German beer garden serving vegan cuisine headed for York Boulevard

Rendering of Hinterhof Beer Garden and German Kitchen | Courtesy Matthias Brandt

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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  1. Believe it or not, this would be the first vegan restaurant in Highland Park.

    • Some will recall Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant on Figueroa. Which was not vegan, but nearly so, and pretty tasty.

    • Kitchen Mouse?

      • Kitchen mouse is vegetarian, but not vegan.

        Plant Food for People is a HLP based truck, tho. Pretty sure they’re all vegan.

        • I didn’t count Plant Food For People since they’re a truck and they serve in other neighborhoods too. They’ve been looking for a physical location in Highland Park for a while. I hope they find one.

  2. This is EXACTLY what I am missing in my life. For real I’m really excited about this. Mr. Brandt I wish you the best of luck in getting this up and running. I will be there when you open.

    • Excited by this, too. I’ll be there, and if the vibe and food are good, I’ll be there again and again. Looking forward to more eating options/ food diversity.

  3. Can’t wait. Very excited about this!

  4. Please open ASAP, thank you

  5. Great! How about adding some kohlrabi tacos for some fusion tastes!

  6. My Oma would be shocked. It wasn’t a proper meal unless there were 3 kinds of meat.

  7. Fantastic! Exactly what we need. I feel like this is a unique and exciting time for Highland Park and I’m stoked about the ever-increasing vibrant options for this community.

  8. we don’t need more alcohol, whether it be liquor stores or beer gardens

  9. Very cool… is this going into those abandoned storefronts next to the wood shop?


  11. The new comers are now trying to poison our community with their crazy belief in Veganism. How disrespectful to our culture of meat eating.

  12. Sounds great! Looking forward to trying this place out!

  13. I smell a vegan coming

    I wonder if vegans know that most every beer is not vegan. Same goes for most red wine.

  14. SameProcedureAsEveryYear

    One skinny tree and a cement block house ain’t exactly a typischer biergarten. Get some chestnuts in, leave out the cinder block and serve up some gemütlichkeit.

  15. LAafterMidnight

    A German beer garden without meat!?!? Yeah……good luck with that.

  16. YAY! Just what this area needed… Another bar SMH.

  17. will it have ping pong? If it has no meat and no ping pong, I don’t see a point really.

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