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Prost! German Beer Hall To Open Its Doors In Downtown Bridgeport

Owner/chef Stephen Lewandowski is putting the finishing touches on Harlan Haus in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Facebook
The staff at Harlan Haus in downtown Bridgeport are putting together the menu before the beer hall opens in January. Photo Credit: Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Beer lovers, rejoice: Harlan Haus will officially open its doors in downtown Bridgeport on Jan. 10.

The much-anticipated German-style beer hall will hold a grand opening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the former People Bank building at 155 State Street.

Developers had originally hoped to open in the fall, but delays put the big day off a few months.

“We cannot thank you enough for your patience, and we hope you’re ready,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Like a traditional German beer hall, Harlan Haus will serve up pretzels, schnitzel and all manner of wursts. But it will also feature two premium German beers and a host of local craft beers on rotation.

The 7,000-square-foot eatery will join the McLevy Square Apartments, which opened a couple doors up the block in September. A comedy club called The Stress Factory is planned for the former Playhouse on the Green between the two.

The much-anticipated beer hall incorporates many of the building’s historic features, including a curved teller bank wall.

The menu is European style “infused with Southern barbecue,” according to Brandon Hall, a principal with the developers. The Harlan Burger with cheddar ale sauce and bacon onion jam is expected to be a standout.

The Stress Factory will be nestled between the apartments and the restaurant at 167 State Street. Owner Vinnie Brand has been operating The Stress Factory in New Jersey for more than 20 years, welcoming the likes of Chris Rock, Drew Carey, Artie Lang and Jim Breuer to that location.

Want to stay on top of the progress? Visit Harlan Haus' Facebook page .

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