Belleville

Hofbräuhaus passes half-way point in construction

Work progressing on Hofbräuhaus restaurant development

This file video from August 2016 shows progress on the Hofbräuhaus development on the west side of Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. A Belleville man has filed a lawsuit alleging the city of Belleville failed to turn over plans
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This file video from August 2016 shows progress on the Hofbräuhaus development on the west side of Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. A Belleville man has filed a lawsuit alleging the city of Belleville failed to turn over plans

The Hofbräuhaus building in Belleville is over 50 percent complete, a spokesman for the developers announced Tuesday.

Construction on the restaurant and brewery off Illinois 15 across from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows began late last year. The value of the fully furnished building is estimated to be about $10 million.

Ron O’Connor, who last week began representing the developers, the Keller family of Effingham, said a completion date has not yet been set. The developers previously have said they hoped to have the restaurant open by November.

The Hofbräuhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany.

IMPACT Strategies President Mark Hinrichs

Fairview Heights-based IMPACT Strategies Inc. is building the 31,000-square-foot restaurant, which would be the largest of the seven Hofbräuhaus restaurants in North America.

An Aug. 12 report sent to Belleville aldermen said some subcontractors had pulled off the Hofbräuhaus site “due to their payment status and unanswered questions” but O’Connor, of O’Connor and Partners Inc., said Friday that “payments have been made and are being made” and construction is continuing.

“The Hofbräuhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany,” IMPACT Strategies President Mark Hinrichs said in a news release.

The Keller family has the exclusive Hofbräuhaus franchise for a 100-mile radius around Belleville. The original Hofbräuhaus opened more than 400 years ago in Munich, Germany.

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