By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jul 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Germantown’s Old Town Inn, N116W15841 Main St., is looking at a facelift.

The restaurant will be closed Aug. 1 through Sept. 3 to accommodate a $75,000 renovation – which will also include a name change.

When the restaurant reopens on Friday, Sept. 4, it will be transformed into Old Town Beer Hall, a one-of-a-kind Bavarian style beer hall concept that will accommodate expanded social space, live bands, German style food and most importantly fresh Bavarian draft beer.

Current owners, Chaz Hastings of Milwaukee Harley-Davidson and the Ride Entertainment Group and Josh Neureuther, note that renovations will include new bench style communal seating, hand painted murals, signage, liter glassware, an authentic German menu and authentic beer offerings, which include not only Hofbrau bier, but also Weihenstephan bier, a brew which originates from from the oldest brewery in the world.

According to Neureuther, the Old Town Inn originally opened in 1875. In 1898, a hall was added, which was primarily used for banquets, weddings, and dances. The renovation, Hastings hopes, will assist in returning the historic building to its former glory.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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