When will the Hofbrauhaus open? Some answers.
The Hofbräuhaus in Belleville will not open Monday as previously announced, and developers said Friday they will have a soft opening in early March, and a grand opening ceremony is scheduled for April 18.
This is the seventh time the restaurant developers have missed a self-imposed deadline to open the restaurant off Illinois 15 near the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The original goal was to have it ready by June 1, 2016.
Last month, the Hofbräuhaus said it would open Feb. 26.
"Let us cut right to the chase — we won't be starting our soft opening period on Monday as we had previously hoped," the Hofbräuhaus said in a news release Friday.
Construction on the $12 million restaurant and brewery began in 2015. Chuck Keller, of Effingham, and son Chane Keller are developing the restaurant.
"We are currently experiencing a delay with some of our hand-crafted wooden furniture, which is being produced locally. We have an understanding that the manufacturing will be completed late next week," the news release said.
"Once we have completed inspections, staff training and furniture installation, we will be ready for our soft opening period," the news released stated.
Kitchen employees began training earlier this week, and other employees are expected to report for training next week.
This will be the eighth Hofbräuhaus in the country, and the Belleville location will be the largest one in the United States with room to host 1,100 people at a time between the beer hall, private room and outdoor beer garden, the company said.
The Belleville City Council in 2015 approved a series of tax incentives worth up to $32.36 million for the Kellers, but they have not yet received any of these incentives because they are based on the business being opened.
The city has spent $2.42 million to extend sewer lines to the site.
The Kellers have proposed building hotels and other restaurants on the site, but work on those projects has not started. Also, the Jack Flash convenience store chain has said it will build a store on the site, but construction has not yet begun. A Kansas City man had proposed building a soccer park next to the Hofbräuhaus, but those plans came to a halt after the developer died in 2016.
The Hofbräuhaus is modeled after the Munich, Germany-based Hofbräuhaus, which traces its roots to 1589. The Kellers have said they received the exclusive Hofbräuhaus franchise for the St. Louis metropolitan area.
One of the Hofbräuhaus restaurants in the United States is in Rosemont, near Chicago.