A Hofbräuhaus brew pub and beer garden proposed for Glendale, which was initially to open this year, is now likely to not open until 2015.
That's according to Fred Schumacher, president of Frankenmuth, Mich.-based Hofbräuhaus of America LLC, which owns the nationwide license for the German company.
Neither Schumacher, who said negotiations are continuing, nor Mike Weiss, who represents the proposed Glendale site, would discuss the reasons for the delay. Weiss is chairman of Friends of BSC LLC, which owns the former Bavarian Inn, 700 W. Lexington Blvd.
Jeff Ritson, president of Cincinnati, Ohio-based The Bistro Group Inc., which would operate the restaurant, couldn't be reached for comment.
The Bistro Group, which operates more than 30 restaurants, disclosed plans in September
to buy and remodel the former Bavarian Inn into a Hofbräuhaus.
City officials last fall approved those plans, which include allowing Friends of BSC to sell the restaurant building to an entity that would lease the property to the Hofbräuhaus operator.
Friends of BSC plans to convey the remaining parcels, including the soccer fields and Old Heidelberg Park, to the Bavarian Soccer Club, according to city documents.
The Glendale Hofbräuhaus, with about 200 employees, would have 24,000 square feet on two levels. The project would include an outdoor beer garden; remodeled kitchen and dining areas; the installation of brewing equipment; and a new bar, private banquet room and gift shop.
Ritson said in September that the company hoped to begin working on the building within three months and open Hofbräuhaus in June. But that work hasn't started yet.
In July, another group announced plans to open a similar Hofbräuhaus brew pub in Cleveland. That $8.4 million project had its groundbreaking in November. Bistro Group will be the operator.
Since then, plans have been announced for a 30,000-square-foot Hofbräuhaus in Columbus, Ohio. Both Ohio restaurants are to open by September, with another location planned for Buffalo, N.Y.