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Hofbrauhaus Buffalo secures final financing, eyes August opening

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Posted at 7:05 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 19:15:25-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's a project years in the making and now the team behind the highly anticipated Hofbrauhaus Buffalo says an opening is right around the corner. "We are planning on an August opening.", Managing Partner Kevin Townsell told 7 Eyewitness News on Wednesday.

Townsell says the authentic German beer hall recently cleared a major financial hurdle when it received approval from M&T Bank on $1.9 million in final financing. All told, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will be a $5 million adaptive reuse project at 190 Scott Street in downtown's Cobblestone District.

When it opens, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo plans to include a brewery that will boast German premium and seasonal beers. The beer hall will offer pretzels, soups, salads and a dinner menu with German specialties.

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo was originally scheduled to be open in 2018 but has been held up by a series of delays. "Anything and everything that could have delayed us, has" Townsell said.

With final financing approved, Townsell remains cautiously optimistic that the project is now in its final stages. "We are extremely excited. August looks good right now but I know better than to say 100 percent".

Townsell says work still needs to be done to install brewery equipment and add air conditioning. "90 days gives us plenty of time", he added.

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will retrofit the former Upstate Milk Co-operative and Bison Chip Dip plant on Scott Street.