Welcome to Hoffbrau!! We hope you have a unique dining experience and leave here with the plan to come back soon. We have been serving grilled steaks out of our little joint on West 6th Street since 1934. We have served literally generations of families! We have friends from all over central Texas and halfway around the world.
Robert "Coleman" Hamby, along with his brother Tom, opened The Original Hoffbrau, on August 4, 1934. They figured they would soon lose their job driving the ice wagon for Mission Ice due to the depressed economy. With a small investment and a piece of property - they opened the restaurant. By a stroke of luck or blessing (depending on how you look at it) prohibition laws which made beer illegal were revoked that very same month. Few people could afford to eat out during the depression but those that could afford a nickel for a glass of beer soon found The Hoffbrau. Here the two brothers were more than happy to serve them crackers and coldcuts just to make a nickel sale. The Hoffbrau boasted keg beer too. People were curious about it. We currently have a few old photos on display over the tables near the windows.
In the 1940's, the Hoffbrau had more prosperous times. People could now afford to eat out and made their preferences known. During WWII, soldiers from Bergstrom came in with big money and big appetites. They convinced Coleman and Tom to try steaks. A small grill was purchased and placed at the bar which could prepare two steaks at a time. Steak sales took off and we’ve been serving them ever since... along with chunky fried potatos, Butterkrust bread (for sopping) and the ever famous Hoffbrau salad…. loaded with garlic.
Coleman’s sons, Robert and Tom, ran The Hoffbrau from the 1950's to the early 1990's. Today, Coleman’s granddaughter Mary Gail and her husband Ruben operate the place. You are likely to see some photographs of these folks in the dining room. We pride ourselves on loving people and loving what we do, so please ask us if you need anything. Many of the employees that serve you have been here more than thirty years. Most of them have at least ten or more years at the steakhouse. Some are even the second or third generation to work here!
The Hoffbrau just gets in your blood. We think so, anyway.