Legendary Metzger's German Restaurant Rolls Out 80th Anniversary Celebration; To Honor 80-Year-Olds
ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Metzger's German Restaurant, founded here in
1928, announced it will honor anyone turning 80 years old in 2008 in honor
of the long time dining icon's 80th Anniversary with a free dinner or lunch
that will include dessert and a split of Champagne.
John Metzger, a third generation member of his family, along with his
sister Heidi, operate the restaurant, which is now located at 305 Zeeb
Road, on Ann Arbor's Westside, announced the celebration and offer.
According to Metzger, the 80th year celebration will also include a Bock
Beer Festival, an Octoberfest, an official 80th Anniversary Celebration and
a few more German-themed celebrations.
Since 1928, Metzger's has served more than seven million guests with a menu
of both German and American food including Sauerbraten, Rouladen, Ziguener
Steak, Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Weiner Schnitzel.
Wilhelm Metzger migrated to this country in 1922, working as a baker for
the University of Michigan prior to opening the original restaurant in
downtown Ann Arbor on Washington Street that was called "The German
American Restaurant." According to Metzger family history, the Restaurant
at the time served cider, and when a batch had inadvertently fermented,
Wilhelm Metzger was severely reprimanded, since it was during Prohibition.
Eventually, Metzger's obtained a license to sell alcoholic beverages, and
today features an all-wood bar and a selection of German beers and wines
and alcoholic beverages.
Despite an anti-German sentiment in the U.S. during World War II, Walter
Metzger assumed the role as operator and continued and grew the family
tradition before turning over management to his son John, making it one of
the longest running family owned operations in the country.
In 2001, John Metzger successfully moved the thriving business to Zeeb
Road, just west of downtown Ann Arbor, continuing the fine German eating
tradition and making the facility available to even more people in Western
Washtenaw and Eastern Jackson counties.
The current facility has integrated a modern building with an interior that
features the atmosphere of old Germany, appointed with Cuckoo Clocks and
massive bier steins and German carvings and antiques.
Additional information is available at www.metzgers.net.
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