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Construction update: Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub in downtown Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on June 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm | No Comments »
June 11, 2014 9:31 am
The old home of Neener's is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.
The old home of Neener’s is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.

Veltins Bierhalle, a German-themed pub and restaurant from the owners of Renton’s Berliner Pub, is still stuck in construction mode. A hopeful opening date was set for June, but it appears it’ll be at least three more months before an opening in downtown Tacoma.

The extensive build-out and permitting has complicated the timeline for the downtown Tacoma building that had been vacant for years after Neener’s closed at 2401 Pacific Ave. The building was in a sad state, with crumbling infrastructure that long had been neglected.

Right now, earthquake retrofitting and sprinkler updating are underway, but other large projects still need completing in the building that has been ripped down to the studs. Plans were redrawn and resubmitted this year, accounting for a big chunk of the delay.

Husband-wife owners Dennis and Lydia Mascarinas say an opening date is tough to predict, but the optimist in the family (Dennis) thinks a summer opening is possible while the realist (Lydia) thinks a fall opening looks more likely.

Veltins will be similarly themed as its sibling Berliner Pub – a Renton destination for beer, food and music of Germany.

Bruno's makes a wide range of soups, but my favorite is hangover soup, made with pickles.
Bruno’s makes a wide range of soups, but my favorite is hangover soup, made with pickles.

In the Tacoma location, Lydia Mascarinas described a dining room with Bavarian style communal tables and a menu with brats, landjaeger, schnitzel, pretzels and house-made German specialties. Expect a family-friendly seating section.

If you’re impatient for German dining, steer your car to Bruno’s European Restaurant in Parkland. Order the jaeger schnitzel, hangover soup and cabbage rolls.

Find Bruno’s at 10716 A St. S. (near 108th and Pacific); 253-719-7181 or brunoseuropeanrestaurant.com.

Beer update file: Also in downtown Tacoma, on the other side of Pacific Avenue, Odd Otter Brewing Company and Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. are working on openings this summer. Sixth Avenue’s The Red Hot is preparing for its move to its new space next door.

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