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‘Heavenly’ German beer and food at new Himmel Haus

Susanne Haala
Susanne Haala / Tahoe Daily TribuneServer Erin Harvey explains the different kinds of beers on tap that are all imported from Germany at the new Himmel Haus Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.

Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Schnitzel and a lot of German beer are on the menu at Himmel Haus, which opened Friday, July 6.

The restaurant, which means “heaven house” in German, was named after its location at the bottom of Heavenly Mountain. The new restaurant not only offers traditional food, but also six beers on tap and a total of 30 original German and Belgian beers, such as Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hofbräu München.

“Part of the goal is to make everything super affordable,” Director of Marketing Megan Arneson said. “People live here on not alot of money and we want to make sure that locals are our best costumers.”

The food menu shows traditional German roots combined with modern cooking techniques performed by executive chef Joshua Bushnick.

“The whole idea of the menu was to take the principles and ideology of traditional German food and give it a Californian-American twist,” he explained.

Bushnick said he did about a hundred hours of research on German food that allowed him to see where the themes of German food come from.

Himmel Haus only uses local, organic and sustainable products in order to be as green as possible.

Besides being only a restaurant, Himmel Haus plans on showing a lot of sport events on the biggest projection screen in South Lake Tahoe besides any of the Casinos, said Zakariah Latzka, one of the two owners.

And will show whatever seems appropriate: old German movies or European sports.

“We have a couple authentic German folks in here but we focused more on hiring people that have the right personality,” Latzka said.

Barbara Tenney, owner of Apres Wine Company in South Lake Tahoe and President of the Ski Run Boulevard Business Improvement District said that “it is one of the best locations in town. They have done it clever and come up with an alpine restaurant as a good opportunity” and therefore filled in a missing gap.

Himmel Haus is located at 3819 Saddle Road in South Lake Tahoe. Visit http://www.himmelhaustahoe.com for more information.

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