New Operating Partner Daniel Northcutt Takes the Reigns of America’s Oldest Operating Biergarten Established in 1866
Scholz Garten, America’s oldest operating Biergarten establishment and one of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, has gained a new operations team helmed by Texas native Daniel Northcutt who has revamped the spacious restaurant and launched a brand new menu.
Northcutt started down the hospitality path when he was 13-years-old, and he has since become well-versed in all positions and aspects of the industry, including serving as food and beverage director for national music and food festivals like The Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and The Whiskey and Eggs Tour for Knob Creek Whiskey. Northcutt is thrilled to continue Scholz’s legacy with his own take that reflects Austin’s unique culture and his passion for food and music. He is joined at Scholz Garten by industry veterans and specialists General Manager Kristina Recla, Event Director Rene Stokes, and Chefs Raphael Ramirez and Mike Church.
“As an operating team, we are charged with maintaining and growing one of the absolute oldest brands in Texas via daily business, community events, and the historical education of the attendees thereof. This is not about us. This is about Scholz Garten, an iconic Texas story that we are blessed to be a small part of,” says Northcutt.
The newly launched all-day menu features a modern-day twist on traditional German dishes, with appetizers such as the Giant Bavarian Pretzel served with bier cheese and Dusseldorf mustard (serves 2 – 4 people, seriously); German Wurst Board, featuring a trio of German wurst paired with sauerkraut, Austin Eastciders-braised red cabbage, Dusseldorf mustard, Creole mustard, Dijon mustard, and Bavarian pretzel rolls; crunchy fried Sauerkraut and Mashed Potato Balls served with sour cream and mustard sauce; and the Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes with choice of applesauce or jäger mushroom gravy. Other favorites include the Schweinewurst, custom-smoked pork, bacon, and jalapeño wurst on a buttered & toasted bun, smothered in Haus mac n’ cheese and Biergarten BBQ sauce; along with traditional and specialty German schnitzels and Königsberger Kochklopse, featuring veal meatballs in creamy caper sauce over Haus-made spätzle.
Now with a full bar, Scholz offers imported German beers, local draft beers, and specialty cocktails, such as the Red-Headed Stranger, made with bacon-infused Tito’s, Haus Bloody Mary mix & signature seasoned salt, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño stuffed olive, and a pepperoncini garnish, in addition to German liqueurs and many of your favorite whiskeys, mezcals, and other spirits.
In addition to the new menu, Scholz now offers a complete on-site and off-site event and catering program led by Rene Stokes. The program features the Austin institution’s nod to the German influence on Central Texas BBQ via post-oak-smoked brisket, sausage, and turkey proteins accompanied by all the classic sides. Being a melting pot of culinary influences, Scholz also offers traditional German fare options and Tex-Mex menus.
Since 1866, Scholz Garten has grown with the Austin community, making it the oldest restaurant, bar, and live music venue in the state of Texas. From hosting a celebration of the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68 recognizing Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texas of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State.” Throughout the years, Scholz has become a place for UT fans, local musicians, music lovers, and families to feast and rejoice.
Scholz Garten is located at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701 and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Please note that times may change due to events at the Biergarten. For more information, visit www.scholzgarten.com or follow Scholz on Facebook and Instagram. For event booking inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.