Neighborhood reaction to the opening of King’s BierHaus this month at 2044 E. T.C. Jester has been very enthusiastic, which is just what Philipp Sitter hoped for when he and his father Hans chose the location. The Austrian father and son already operate King’s Biergarten in Pearland.
“We believed that specific community would embrace our concept and brand with open arms,” said Sitter. “It just felt like King’s belonged there.”
The Sitters are finishing up ambitious renovations to the site. The 9,000 square- foot outdoor beer garden will feature a small river cutting through the middle. There are seven dining spaces, including a full-service inside bar, small tables and booths inside, indoor communal tables with TVs, outdoor bar dining, additional private outdoor dining with personal awnings, the outdoor communal Biergarten dining, and what is described in press materials as the “adult playground.”
“Our landlord, Neil Martin from Ancorian, really gave us free reign to design the building and garden like an Austrian Ski Haus and Biergarten mashup,” said Sitter. “It’s super difficult to find a landlord that shares your visions and supports it.” The access to parking was also key to Sitter.
“We have access to over 800 parking lots so we can have large festivals like Oktoberfest, Beerfest, and our Christmas Market with ease of access to the entire community,” he said.
Sitter also understands that he’s moving into an area with a lot of families and says that the BierHaus will be a restaurant venue more than a bar venue.
“We have a kids menu, outdoor seating, and dogfriendly patio,” he said. “Just the atmosphere will naturally contribute to [a family friendly vibe]. Late night, after 10 p.m., will be a different story, but overall it will be a place for all to enjoy.”
He said they are calling the playground an adult one because they thought it was the best way to describe it. The playground features bar games like corn hole, pingpong, and a giant Jenga.
Long-time residents might remember the spot as the location of Pecos Grill which was there for a number of years. Those who have been here even longer say it was an establishment called Texas Tumbleweed.
“I remember watching a western shootout in the middle of dinner in grade school at Tumbleweed and two-stepping at Pecos,” said Lisa Buss.
The newest incarnation of the space will be open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.