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Maennerchor to Open German Village Restaurant and Beer Garden

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Maennerchor to Open German Village Restaurant and Beer Garden
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This Fall, German Village will be welcoming a new restaurant and beer garden.

The Columbus Maennerchor German Heritage Building, built in 1907, will be utilizing the main floor of their headquarters as a new dining and bar space. The restaurant will be called Valter’s at Maennerchor, with a slated opening for mid-fall.

The Columbus Maennerchor is the oldest continually active singing society in the U.S., founded back in 1848. The traditionally all-male choir has since added on a Damenchor and Kinderchor (women’s and children’s choirs), growing to over 100 members between the ages of 17 and 97.

The renovated brick Maennerchor building is located at 976 South High Street, which is technically within the bounds of the Brewery District, but more commonly associated with German Village. The Maennerchor’s former next-door headquarters were purchased by Columbus City Schools, and are now an expansion of Stewart Alternative Elementary School.

General Manager Valter Veliu was approached by the Maennerchor, and brought on to run the restaurant. Veliu has managed and partially owned German Village mainstay Jimmy V’s Grill & Pub since 2005. He and the Maennerchor staff strive to bring a feeling of Gemütlichkeit to the restaurant. The German word, which has no English equivalent, is used to describe a cozy sense of warmth and friendliness, generally associated with the spirit of beer gardens.

The menu will be a blend of traditional German, American, and Mediterranean cuisine. Most of it is still in development, but expect a fairly small number of dishes. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be served, with a focus on good breakfast. Homemade bread will be available, either made in-house or by members. Pretzel buns and potato pancakes will also grace the menu.  The dinner menu will have traditional hand-pounded fried schnitzel, lamb shanks, and a few seasonal pasta dishes.

The interior will seat around 90. The beer garden patio, which is still under construction, will have a few small tables and a larger communal table, with ample standing room. In addition to the bar and restaurant, the building will also house a small gift shop, carrying homemade jams, jellies, and other traditional German fare.

For more information, visit www.maennerchor.com.

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