Opening of the Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House restaurant in Grapevine

Hoffbrau Steak & Grill Housea mid-priced steakhouse known for platters and steaks starting under $20, bought a tavern and pub in Grapevine to open its third Tarrant County location.

Hoffbrau will replace a Houston site Brick House Tavern and Tap at 700 Texas 114 West in a 30-year-old building that operated for years as the county’s first Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Brick House Tavern remains open until June, Hoffbrau owner Rainey Fogiel said.

Hoffbrau will bring a menu from cheaper steaks, chicken fried steaks, catfish and burgers to a Grapevine Market dominated by more expensive blue chip steakhouses.

It is the right time.

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A bone-in ribeye at Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House. Photo to hand out

“People are downsizing to chicken fried steaks,” Fogiel said. “The same people who used to have rib eye, now they have chicken fried steak. It’s become our best seller.

Hoffbrau offers fried chicken steak three ways: with pepper sauce, with jalapeno sauce, or the “Cowtown” with jack pepper relleno and pico de gallo. All are under $20, with the basic fried chicken selling for less than $15 at lunch.

The restaurant also offers smoked sirloin slices, sausages, chicken and ribs with Dr Pepper barbecue sauce, as well as thick cheeseburgers and other homemade dishes.

Other Hoffbrau locations are in Benbrook, Haltom City, Amarillo and Granbury.

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A centre-cut tenderloin at Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House. Photo to hand out

The company is still looking for a new location in Fort Worth to replace the flagship restaurant on South University Drive that closed last year, Fogiel said.

Plans for a location in Mansfield have been delayed due to construction costs, she said.

Hoffbrau, originally inspired in 1978 by a small Austin steakhouse known for its lemon butter brushed steaks and olive dressing, operated a location in Bedford but never opened in Grapevine, a tourist town with an appetite for Texas-themed restaurants.

“Grapevine has so much to do, and it’s a great location on the highway” next to Pappadeaux Seafood, Fogiel said.

The restaurant needs minor changes and could be open by fall, she said.

This story was originally published June 17, 2022 11:22 a.m.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a guy from Fort Worth who covered high school football at age 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 18 sessions of the Texas Legislative Assembly. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,800 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas restaurants, eateries and cuisine.

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