The owners of Frank (Hot Dogs, Cold Beer) took over day-to-day operations of the food-and-beverage service at 151-year-old Scholz Garten last week. The purveyors of artisan sausage, who have run one of the few Austin-y restaurants downtown since 2009, have already introduced a limited food menu that includes a classic cheeseburger; a bratwurst made with Smokey Denmark sausage; a Thunder Brat, infused with Austin Beerworks Black Thunder beer; queso fries and more. The operators from Frank plan to add to the menu, bring back some old favorites, and introduce some daily specials and German menu items in the weeks ahead.
The strong draft beer selection includes a roster of about a dozen German and Czech beers, including Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner and Späten, at the west end of the bar and a nice assortment of Texas beers, including 512 Brewing, Real Ale Brewing Company and Austin Beerworks, at the east end.
The new operators, who took over after a long run by locals Green Mesquite, say they intend to overhaul the dated old north dining room, which currently lacks any charm, in the next few months and will have improvements for the courtyard after football season.
Longtime regulars of the German beer hall worried about major changes coming to their beloved institution can rest easy, say the new owners, who acknowledge they take great pride in being stewards of the building’s rich lore.
“Knowing the significance of Scholz and its place in Texas and Austin history was the most exciting part of the opportunity to run it. We did a lot of digging at the Austin History Center to understand the history and tradition of Scholz and the Saengerrunde,” co-owner Geoff Peveto said earlier this year.