Plans are well underway to establish a new Hofbräuhaus in Rosemont, Illinois in the greater Chicago area. Opening date is estimated to be the end of June/ early July 2012. Ground breaking is planned for November 18, 2011. This will be the first Hofbräu franchise in the Mid-West. It joins other Hofbräuhauses in Newport, KY; Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh, PA.
The Hofbräuhaus Chicago at Rosemont is patterned after the famous original Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in Munich, Germany. It was established in 1589 and has been a Munich premier attraction for centuries. Today it is visited by millions of visitors every year. Presidents and royalties have been guests there. The atmosphere is one of international camaraderie, good food, and of course the famous Hofbräu beer.
Josef Matuschka, chairman of Windy City Group which holds the franchise rights for the Chicago area, has been working on establishing a Hofbräuhaus in the Chicago area for some time. “I always knew that a Hofbräuhaus belongs in Chicago and I am very glad that we will be able to make it happen in Rosemont” says Joe. His son, Michael who is President of Windy City Group, is heavily involved in the details to make the project a reality. Mike explains “This is a major project with the goal to make the people of Chicago feel like being in Munich at the Hofbräuhaus when it opens next summer.”
Hofbräuhauses of America LLC is the franchisor. In addition to franchising, the company is the importer of Hofbräu beers in the United States currently available in 30 states including in the Chicago area.