Food & Drink

Hofbräuhaus in Belleville closes and will reopen under new management

The Hofbräuhaus in Belleville announced Friday that it will be closed this weekend and will have a grand reopening with new management at a date to be announced.
The Hofbräuhaus in Belleville announced Friday that it will be closed this weekend and will have a grand reopening with new management at a date to be announced. News-Democrat file photo

The Hofbräuhaus in Belleville announced Friday that the German restaurant and brewery is under new management and will be closed over the weekend.

The restaurant said it will have a grand reopening ceremony but a date was not announced.

“We will be closed this weekend but stay posted for exciting announcements coming early next week!” the Hofbräuhaus said on Facebook.

The announcement also was on a recording on the telephone for the Hofbräuhaus.

A representative from neither the new management nor the previous operators could be reached for comment Friday night.

Mayor Mark Eckert said he did not have any information about the new manager but he said someone from the Hofbräuhaus called his office Friday and wanted to contact City Attorney Garrett Hoerner.

The restaurant opened in March 2018, which was nearly two years later than when the developers first said the restaurant would open.

Chuck Keller, the Effingham businessman who developed the Hofbräuhaus along with his sons, died in January on his 80th birthday.

The Kellers, who have said the Hofbräuhaus cost $12 million to build, have said they have the exclusive franchise rights for the Hofbräuhaus in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Hofbräuhaus is modeled after the Munich, Germany-based Hofbräuhaus, which traces its roots to 1589.

The Kellers have proposed building hotels, other restaurants and a convenience store, but construction on these projects has not begun on the site across Illinois 15 from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is the religious order that runs the Shrine and owns the land where the Hofbräuhaus was built. A spokesman for the group could not be reached for comment.

The Belleville City Council in 2015 granted the Kellers tax incentives worth up to $32.36 million but those incentives were based on revenue generated at the site and were not provided upfront. However, the city did invest $2.42 million to extend sewer lines to the site. Also, the city has received sales tax revenue since the Hofbräuhaus opened.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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