The concept for the Hofbräu has been kicking around inside Beaux Roby’s head for years. In a few weeks, the plan moves from dreams and designs to reality when the restaurant opens at 7310 Jones Maltsburger Road, across from the Quarry.
Though the name is German, the feel of the place is meant to be more “upscale rustic,” says Roby, who is also president of 1776, Ltd., the parent company of Mama’s Café. The two ventures are not related.
Think of the Hofbräu as a place to savor oak-grilled steaks, a chicken-fried rib-eye with jalapeño cream gravy, bacon-wrapped jalapeños with a bite of chicken breast, icy margaritas, a select wine list and, in keeping with the name, 24 beers on tap.
“Everything inside is Texas,” Roby says.
Calf fries fans won’t have to wait for a Night in Old San Antonio each April to enjoy this treat. Roby plans on offering them every Wednesday and is tossing around a few slogans to promote the special. “Have a ball at the Hofbräu” is one, he says with a laugh.
The location has hosted a number of restaurants and bars in the past, from the Laboratory to a Panchito’s, but nothing felt quite right to customers. Roby hopes he has addressed that by installing a fireplace and exposing some of the original brick from the building, which dates back to the 1920s. It’s meant to make the space more intimate and inviting, in the style of a Texas game ranch or lodge.
Roby is also working on the patio, which will be turned into a beer garden with live music Thursday-Saturday after the dining hours.
Though an opening date is not set, Roby hopes the Hofbräu will be ready by the end of the month.