The Hofbrauhaus in Rosement permanently closed this week. This ended an eight-year run anchoring the Rosemont Parkway Bank Park.
“It’s been challenging trying to serve this concept. It’s a very, very expensive product to put out,” Mike Matuschka said. “People just aren’t eating heavy German fare like they used to. I think we could be much more profitable. The pandemic is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“For six weeks a year, it is the best place around,” Matuschka said of Oktoberfest. “But those six weeks don’t cover the others.”
While the Hofbrauhaus took up all 20,000 square feet of its building, there are already plans to fill 14,000 square feet of it. The father/son duo of Joe and Mike Matuschka, who brought the Hofbrauhaus to Rosemont, have created a pizza bar called Crust to take its place. Rosemont can approve the plans as soon as Monday.
The new pizza restaurant/bar will be on the south side of the building to utilize the old brewing equipment that is part of the layout. Rob Hunter, who was the brewmaster at the Hofbrauhas, will stay on staff and lead the charge on some new craft brews to give Crust a rotating selection.
“For the last eight years, he’s been following a recipe from Munich. Now he gets to explore his own creations,” said Matuschka.
“Everyone is doing these Neapolitan-inspired pizzas,” he said. “We’re gonna be doing Neapolitan American-styled pizzas.”
Pizza, growlers, appetizers, and salads will be available for carryout.
While the Hofbrauhaus was a unique culinary experience, the cavernous beer hall had run its course. The food was delectable and authentic but rather expensive. The venue was also very loud. It was more of a place I would go to on a rare occasion versus a casual meal or an outing before a Chicago Wolves or Chicago Dogs game.
The new concept of Crust sounds exciting and could be more suitable for the aforementioned issues. Plus, who doesn’t love good pizza and beer?
The new resuarant is targeting June for a potential opening date. There are currently no plans to fill the rest of the building.