In the works for five years, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo has an official opening date.
"It is with a confidence tempered by the patience and prudence learned over the last year," a post on the restaurant's website said, "that we officially announce: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will be opening in August 2019."
In December, operating partner Kevin Townsell was still looking for a few more investors. Visible work on 190 Scott St. facade had paused for months.
"Today, a major financing hurdle is officially behind us, and work will be resuming towards completion of exterior and interior construction," said the statement, posted May 15.
The vast German-style beer hall franchise is known for German-style beers brewed on premises and classic German fare like schnitzel, sausage and spaetzle. It's expected to hold 500 customers inside and 300 outside, in a beer garden setting.
"The remaining brewery equipment is shipping soon and slated to arrive from Bavaria in about 8 weeks, after which the installation process will begin immediately. While the brewery is being installed and the building is nearing completion, we will be in the midst of a hiring and training blitz to ready our staff for opening."
Here's a timetable on Hofbrauhaus' progress, with links to The News' content.
May 12, 2014: Hofbrauhaus officially announces it will come to Buffalo.
Aug. 11, 2015: Townsell says plans for Hofbrauhaus are still alive.
June 10, 2016: Utility line quagmire disrupts first location.
Feb. 22, 2017: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo finds new spot, hopes to open by January 2018.
Sept. 15, 2017: Hofbrauhaus meets investor goal, one step closer to targeted spring 2018 opening.
June 20, 2018: Townsell aims for Labor Day, but says delays are possible.
Sept. 5, 2018: Target date pushed from September to November.
Oct. 18, 2018: Townsell hopeful for mid-December opening.