Located within walking distance of world renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Hofbrau offers a rustic ambiance with fantastic food, a creative menu, dating dinner specials, and sensational desserts. It features a huge selection of beers, more than 100 wines and a fully stocked bar. On Sundays the "Blues Brunch" includes a carving station featuring slow roasted Prime Rib, omelet station, homemade Belgian waffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, home desserts and pastries, a Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's.
In the bar area there are three 10-foot big screen TV's to view your favorite sporting events. The Hofbrau is the perfect spot for your holiday party, rehearsal dinner, office function or any other special event. Gift certificates are always available.
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The Hofbrau has been part of the rich history of Grand Traverse and Benzie counties for over 75 years. Its transformation from a sleepy bar and grill to a casual dining destination makes it a favorite of local residents and seasonal visitors alike.
It began as a country family home and restaurant In 1909. Then a grocery store / filling station complete with laundress service was added to the existing structure. After prohibition, a tavern was established on site. Known as "Filip's Tavern" until 1945 and "Petersen's Tavern" from 1945 - 1950, the tavern/restaurant was a lively gathering place for area residents and visitors to Northern Michigan. It was renamed "The Hofbrau" in 1950. Until 1997 some food was still cooked in the occupied living quarters and passed through to the restaurant. In 1998 the family/owners moved out and a major renovation began. A new state of the art kitchen was added, the old living quarters were converted into dining space and a huge addition was built.
Over the same period of time, Interlochen's famous music camp was developing into the internationally renowned "Center for the Arts". The Hofbrau became a spot for everyone to congregate, chat, and sometimes sing. Through the years, many world famous musicians and entertainers have enjoyed the hospitality of the Hofbrau. The list would be too long to enumerate here, but they all seemed to enjoy the homey and friendly atmosphere with 'just plan up-north folks'.