A modern German eatery with some international fare will replace Juergens German Bakery and Restaurant at 525 S. Fourth St.
A.J. Ndreu, his cousin, Enis Ndreu, and business partner Elidon Hizmo -- the trio operate Wurst und Bier in Crosswoods at the northeast corner of the U.S. Route 23 and Interstate 270 interchange -- are opening the German Village restaurant.
They haven’t settled on a name, said A.J. Ndreu, the managing partner.
“We’re still in the planning stages right now, so we’re not 100 percent (certain) of the menu,” Ndreu said. “It’s going to be German, but it’s going to be different from Wurst und Bier.”
He said it is expected it will take three months to remodel the space, which will have two bars. The upstairs bar will have a German theme, and the downstairs bar will feature a tapas-style menu.
Ndreu said he has been discussing the idea of leasing Jeurgens with its owner, Rosemarie Keidel, for about a year. She was an occasional customer at Wurst und Bier, he said.
“I love it, the whole atmosphere,” Ndreu said of the neighborhood. “You exactly feel like you’re in Germany. People over there, they will have another really cool place to go out.”
Juergens, a German Village staple for about 50 years, closed abruptly more than a week ago.
Keidel left few clues as to her plans with neighbors, friends or through Facebook or Twitter.
Keidel, reached by phone Jan. 26, declined to discuss the matter.
She is still the owner of the property, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office website.
After a plan to open Rockmill Tavern at the site was rejected by Columbus officials in late 2016, Keidel said she planned to continue running Juergens for the foreseeable future.
Chris Crader, who owns Harvest Pizzeria and Curio, both on Fourth Street just north of Juergens, said he likes the sound of the new restaurant.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “Something that’s authentic and German would be a good addition to the neighborhood. It’s a great location, great building.”
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Juergens German Bakery and Restaurant is “closed for remodeling,” according to a sign on the window there.
The German Village restaurant, 525 S. Fourth St., has been closed for at least a week.
Owner Rosemarie Keidel left few clues as to her plans, either to neighbors and friends or through Facebook or Twitter.
Chris Crader, who owns Harvest Pizzeria and Curio just down the street, said Keidel didn’t leave any specific message with him. Ditto for Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.
The restaurant has been in existence for about 50 years.
After a plan to open Rockmill Tavern at the site was rejected in late 2016, Keidel said, she planned to continue running Juergens for the foreseeable future.
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