The Central District’s hip German beer and bocce hall, Rhein Haus, is taking what feels like an overdue step in August when it opens a huge two-story expansion in the Bavarian-themed mountain town of Leavenworth, on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. The fourth Rhein Haus location — additional locations opened in Denver in 2015 and Tacoma in 2017 — won’t have bocce courts, but it will serve the German brews, schnitzels, giant pretzels, and brats familiar to fans of the growing chain. The official Leavenworth opening date is still TBD.
Rhein Haus Leavenworth sits in the middle of Front St. at 707 Highway 2 and will seat up to 300, making it one of the touristy town’s biggest gathering spaces. From the large upper deck, which can hold 170 people, visitors will have mountain views, and heated floors and fire pits will keep things toasty in winter months. The indoor space, spread over two levels and modeled after classic ski lodges, can hold 128 people. Visitors can anticipate pine facades, ceilings, and railings, a taxidermy elk, four mounted elk busts, and sconces made from vintage wooden skis. There will be indoor bars on both levels and table service throughout the restaurant.
Like Rhein Haus’s other locations, the Leavenworth newcomer will pour a mix of bottled and draft beer, including German imports like Spaten Oktoberfest, a house lager from Montana’s Bayern Brewing, and local brews like Icicle Brewing Company Bootjack IPA. There will also be a full bar. The food menu will take a German bent, too, with a homemade kielbasa with Beecher’s cheddar beer fondue; a pork schnitzel with pretzel breading; and giant pretzels with spicy honey mustard. The space will be all-ages and can accommodate large groups by reservation.
Restaurant group Weimann Maclise Family of Restaurants owns all four Rhein Haus locations, along with Bastille, Stoneburner, Macleod’s, Poquitos, and Beer Star. The group opened Rhein Haus Seattle as Von Trapp’s in 2013 before renaming the restaurant to avoid confusion with the von Trapp family of the Sound of Music fame.
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