The German mainstay closed in 2017 after 52 years of business.
For some good news this year, the historic Brahaus German restaurant is coming back to Chicago after a 3 year hiatus! [Featured image: @mbpeters16]
For 52 years, flagship German restaurant, Chicago Brahaus, delighted customers in Lincoln Square with their authentic German cuisine, head-sized steins of lager, and raucous lederhosen-clad musicians. On Monday, December 11, however, the restaurant closed their doors.
Next week (September 17) Brahaus is ressurecting inside DANK Haus German American Cultural Center after a three-year hiatus. Furthermore, many of the classic interior fixtures — red bar and chandelier included — adorning Chicago Brauhaus’s Lincoln Square restaurant will get a reprise in Dank HAUS, recreating its authentic look.
After their initial closure, fans donated over $35,000 to the restaurant — including $11,250 via GoFundMe — to preserve its legacy in the second-floor community room of DANK Haus.
The GoFundMe was launched by Monica Jirak and Heidi Haus on behalf of the DANK Haus.
“We are raising money to transform our community room on our 2nd floor (commonly referred to as the Brandenburg Room) into the Brauhaus Room which will pay homage to the Chicago Brauhaus which up served German Gemütlichkeit for 52 years in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago,” the two wrote on the page.
“The Chicago Brauhaus closed its doors in December 2017 and the DANK Haus courted the owners, Harry and Guenther Kempf, because we want their legacy to be preserved.”
On September 17, they will be holding a grand opening fundraiser to help fund additional reconstruction costs. Tickets for the formal-attired fundraiser starting at 6 pm — which will include a live music performance, beer, wine, and food catered by Himmel’s Restaurant — cost $250 a pop.
The following day, customers can stop by their monthly Stammitsch event for $20 to check out their new digs, polish off a couple steins, and hear the house band.