For the first time, Biergarten power duo Fabricius Wiest and Matt Johansen are bringing their Bavarian cred to the East Bay with Hofkuche, a new German biergarten debuting Sept. 19.
Just in time for Oktoberfest, Hofkuche, which means outdoor kitchen, will offer boots of beer, wurst platters, potato salad, cheese spaetzle, live music, and outdoor socially-distanced seating from the Forage Kitchen digs in Oakland.
Hofkuche owner Matt Johansen wants to recreate the traditional biergartens of Germany at his new Oakland spot. (Courtesy of Hofkuche)
West and Johansen, who are the founders of Biergarten in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, partnered with the owners and founders of Suppenkuche, also in Hayes Valley, to bring Hofkuche to life. Johansen is one of the partners at Forage Kitchen, a shared kitchen and incubator that supports new food entrepreneurs. Most recently, it was home to Mohammad Abutaha’s Shawarmaji, which has moved on with a Kickstarter to launch as a standalone brick and mortar.
Now, Johansen and his Forage Kitchen co-owner and cousin Iso Rabins are putting the finishing Bavarian touches on the newly converted space, which will have a swing in which to rock with a leisurely pint of one of 12 beers plus a comforting menu of classic German cuisine, like warm pretzels with beer cheese, six types of sausages, and, yes, Wienerschnitzel.
Starting this Saturday, you’ll be able to order at the bar or by QR code at the table for less contact. Hofkuche is open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Forage Kitchen, 478 25th St., Oakland.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle