The Hofbrauhaus opened at 11:00 Tuesday morning to a line of folks waiting outside the door. The beer hall, located at the old Tramor Cafeteria, took 9 months and $6-million to be renovated. Within an hour of opening, it was packed.
"I love the food, love the hot mustard, love the bread." 83-year-old Buzz Hanson said as he sat next to his wife on one of the benches in the restaurant.
"I live at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Actually I was in the Army and lived next door, but when they couldn't find me, they looked at the Hofbrauhaus." He said.
Hanson brought with him a bag full of pictures, his Bavarian hat and several steins.
"This holds a gallon." He said as he picked up a large stein to take a drink. "It's my afternoon stein." He added.
Hofbrauhaus is fill of tradition. Founded more than 400 years ago in Germany, they serve authentic food, have authentic music and import all of their beer from the brewery in Germany.
The St. Pete location is the 7th in North America.