Revived Krause’s Cafe in New Braunfels becomes German beer hall

Longtime Central Texas residents might remember Krause’s Cafe, a restaurant that ran from 1938 to 1995 in the heart of New Braunfels — and is returning next month with updates that reflect the town’s German heritage.

Krause's Cafe is reopening as a German beer hall and beer garden in November.

Krause’s Cafe is reopening as a German beer hall and beer garden in November.

Central to the revival of Krause’s Cafe is a beer hall and beer garden (excuse me, bierhalle and biergarten) that will feature more than 70 local, regional and international beers on tap, along with cocktails and wines on tap.

The food menu will also nod to New Braunfels’ German origins, with items like a Reuben sandwich and a sausage sampler plate, while adding South Texas flavors as well.

The 11,000 sq. ft. space is now in the ownership of Ron Snider, who founded the nearby New Braunfels Farmers Market and who reached out to local residents earlier this year for input on the renovation process. He’s wanted to make sure the new Krause’s Cafe stays true to its historical roots.

“We are looking forward to integrating the restaurant into the German traditions of the city by adding a beer hall with crested banners representing New Braunfels’ founding families,” he said in a news release about the reopening.

Krause’s Cafe was originally a different restaurant called Gene’s Place, which opened on New Braunfels’ Plaza in 1938 under the ownership of Gene Krause. He relocated it to the current location in 1948, changed the name and saw it become a place for many of the city’s leaders to meet and make important decisions for New Braunfels, according to the release. Krause’s son, Kermit, took over operations in 1959.

There’s not an official reopening date for Krause’s Cafe, located at 148 S. Castell Ave. in New Braunfels, but for more information, visit krausescafe.com.

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