Beer garden brewing up nicely


An ambitious plan to open a beer garden is becoming reality downtown at the corner of Villa and Bryant streets. Steins Beer Garden proprietor Ted Kim said the revamp of the building he is leasing at 895 Villa is costing nearly $2 million and may be complete in February.

Kim laughed as he said the city's "opinionated" city planners asked for the water fountain on the patio and front doors like those at Xahn, a Vietnamese restaurant around the corner.

Going for a "rustic but modern" look that pays tribute to traditional European beer halls, Kim counted Abbot's Cellar in San Francisco and the Yard House restaurant chain as inspiration. Flooring that looks like reclaimed wood and "earth tone" walls will mix with a high-tech TV placed high in a dividing wall that looks like an opaque window when turned off. He said he plans to have 30 beers on tap, in kegs that will be kept next to the bar in a cold locker with windows.

Chef Colby Reade is planning a menu based mostly on organic ingredients delivered daily ("I don't like refrigerators," he said), including smoked meats, a vegetarian menu, and pretzels and corn-nuts made in-house as bar food. A Sunday brunch is also in the works. An outdoor patio will have long Octoberfest-style tables and a fireplace.

The project originally faced opposition from noise-fearing neighbors, who sought to strictly limit the hours patrons would be able to use the patio. Following an appeal, Steins won the support of the City Council in July. The restaurant will be allowed to use its patio until 10 p.m. on week nights, and 11 p.m. on weekends, rather than the 6 p.m. cut-off imposed by the city's zoning administrator.

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Posted by kh
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Tied House better up their game, these guys are going to give them strong competition from the sounds of it.

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Posted by Alex M
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

It may be competition for Tied House, maybe not.

Tied house brews their own beer and has what I call "exotic pub food" on the menu, like ostrich burgers and smoked salmon fish and chips.

This new beer garden sounds like it's more of a gourmet restaurant that serves distinctive beers, rather than a craft-beer pub that serves pub food.

Both have their place, although I think restaurants that place beer as a centerpiece eventually evolve into pubs that serve food, in which case they two establishments would then be competing on the same turf.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jan 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I am sure Tied House will welcome people who come to Steins Beer Garden. You will be able to have a pub crawl.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

It will be fun to have Steins Beer Garden and the Tied House, I hope they both around for a long time.

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Posted by Dina
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

Better set up regular DUI checkpoints around these places.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jan 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

Pub Crawls are best when no driving is involved. We just now need a Fish and Chip shop. Fish and Chips with a waiting Taxi, I will be happy.

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

Garrett, you will be able to have a pub crawl with at least THREE neighboring beer gardens, once Steins opens.

SteakOut, 383 Castro at California, has operated one using its outdoor seating and European draft beers since 2011. Plans exist there to rename the restaurant soon, to emphasize the beer garden feature.

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Posted by Noel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Great news! Mountain View needs more beer. Hopefully there will be a Gentlemen's club soon too. A 24 hour techno club would be icing on the cake

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 5, 2013 at 7:21 am

Hang on..... Fish and Chips? Another PUB, St Stephons Green, with a REAL Irish Landlord and wife serves up a pretty good Fish and Chips. Please add them to your Pub Crawl. No waiting Taxi though ;)

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Posted by Muriel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

We don't need DUI checkpoints in downtown mountain view, how about if we have people that can enjoy the pubs, not drink to excess and WALK home? If you can't walk home then be responsible and call yourself a taxi. Lots of 'em parked at the train station. If you choose to drink and drive then we don't need you in downtown mountain view!

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