We have a new restaurant opening and closing on North Main. Skinny Rita’s shuttered at the 4002 North Main location in August, but the owner quickly found a new tenant and is opening our newest restaurant to come to the Heights – Stuttgarden Tavern.
The German inspired restaurant pays homage with its name to Stuttgart, Germany – the capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state; the pronunciation of the restaurant is (STOOT-gard-en). The restaurant focuses on German inspired, made in-house fresh food, along with offering a large variety of German and craft beers, cocktails and wine.
Stuttgarden Tavern in the Heights is the fourth location for the concept that originated in Galveston.
“Our family really enjoys visiting historic downtown Galveston because of its unique locally owned shops and restaurants similar to the Heights and we wanted to be a part of it,” Derek Groenewold, Stuttgarden Tavern co-owner said.
With that desire and a love for German beer, Derek, his wife Shannon with business partners John Mortensen, Eric Jones and Danny Nelson opened their first location on the Galveston Strand in July 2014. Later, with its success in Galveston, the Stuttgarden Tavern crew expanded to Texas City in April 2016; to Kemah in October 2016; and the new Heights location which opened last month.
Getting down to food, it’s not exactly authentic, but Stuttgarden’s Bavarian pretzel, sauerkraut balls, house-made bratwurst, jaeger schnitzel and stroganoff are all standout items on the German side, but they don’t just serve German inspired food. Their appetizers, salads, wings, burgers, sandwiches and dinner entrees will satisfy customers craving traditional American and European fare with items like Irish Nachos, the John a Ten Burger, Eric’s Cheese Steak, Bacon crusted Mac & Cheese and Traditional Shepherd’s pie.
“The Irish Nachos are a fan favorite in Galveston,” Mortensen said.
The Irish Nachos aren’t really Irish, but are a combination of waffle fries, nacho cheese, minced meat, bacon, chives and sour cream. They taste like a loaded baked potato.
Beer is something the Stuttgarden Tavern brand knows a thing or two about, the main bar proudly serves 40 beers on tap – 30 rotating craft and 10 German taps – and the outdoor beergarden will soon offer an additional eight to 10 taps.
“Of the German beers, Warsteiner, Hofbräu, Paulaner or Bitburger are German mainstay beers you can regularly pick from on the lineup that everyone should try,” Derek Groenewold said.
The restaurant is open seven days a week, offering a full bar, fresh food, 26 TVs, large dog-friendly patio, all in a family friendly environment. The tables even have board games to keep you entertained.
“We welcome all, but around 9 p.m. is when families can expect the restaurant to feel more like a bar,” Derek Groenewold said.
During the week, you can find regular specials: Monday – $12 bratwurst and beer night; Tuesday – local pint night, trivia and all beers are $1 off; Wednesday – $14 steak night and $10 off wine bottles; Thursday – $8 schnitzel and $6 beer flights.
Stuttgarden Tavern Heights is open seven days a week (except Monday and Tuesday for lunch) at 4002 N. Main. Find them online at www.stuttgardentavern.com for updates and hours.