Thursday, December 29, 2005
Chicago's Berghoff Restaurant will close its doors in February.
The only constant is change.
Chicago institution closing after more than 100 years; The Berghoff Restaurant shutting down in February (Associated Press).
It's hard not to feel a sense of Chicago's history inside the 107-year-old Berghoff Restaurant, where hand-painted murals depict the 1893 World's Fair and the city's first post-Prohibition liquor license proudly hangs.
But in a few months The Berghoff - one of this food-loving city's oldest and most beloved restaurants - will become history itself, leaving its hordes of devoted patrons crying in their German lager and plates of sauerbraten.
I only went once, way back in 1992, and although the meal was enjoyable, the best part was hitting the afternoon happy hour at the restaurant’s stand-up taproom and oyster bar next door.
It must have been during the brief time that there was a Berghoff microbrewery nearby in Chicago (Ontario Street?), because we drank dollar and a quarter Porter and simply thought it was grand.
One thing’s for sure: Take more than a few trips through Bavaria, and German-style cooking in America is never quite the same.
Here’s a link to a Huber Brewing Company timeline with additional information on the connection between the Berghoff Restaurant and its contract brewer.
Will the brand survive?
Does it really matter?