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- $20 for two-day admission for two (a $10 value /person) and four food and drink tickets (a $5 value each; a $40 total value)
- $38 for two-day admission for four and eight food and drink tickets (an $80 total value)
Each food item costs one ticket. Beer costs one ticket per half liter or two tickets per full liter.
Grunauer's third-annual Oktoberfest—a Hofbräu-sponsored bash in front of the Freight House restaurant—entertains patrons with music, beer, and German food from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, September 28, and noon until midnight on Saturday, September 29. In a tent arching over the restaurant’s recently renovated biergarten, Chef de Cuisine Matthias Seyfrid will tempt tongues with authentic Oktoberfest food such as weisswurst, bratwurst, pretzels, and apple strudel. Brews from Hofbräu will pour liberally, including its 2012 Oktoberfest brew, as will Boulevard Brewing Company’s Bob’s '47 and Mother’s Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest.
During the day, a larger tent to the south will host performances by traditional German-style dancers, polka bands, and other family-friendly entertainment, which will give way to jazz and rock bands at night. On Friday, Musik Festhaus—a 10-piece German-style brass band—will take the stage at 5 p.m., followed by local Russian blues-rock band NutHatch 47. On Saturday, Musik Festhaus will return at 3 p.m., paving the way for a choir and local blues group Filthy 13. The Scottyboy Daniels Blues Band will bring the night to a raucous close.
Chef Peter Grünauer rolls his apple-strudel dough thin enough to literally read a newspaper through one of its layers. This loyalty to the traditional, time-intensive methods of preparing Austrian and continental European fare can be tasted in all of the dishes at Grünauer’s restaurant, which he runs with his children Nicholas and Elisabeth. They modeled their eatery after the one their family operates in Vienna, which is why the Kansas City restaurant evokes the Old World with its brick walls and exposed overhead beams. Yet it also exudes local flavor by nestling inside a historic freight house decorated with chandeliers and mirrors.
For an authentic menu, the Grünauers rely on the expertise Chef Peter gained while owning renowned New York restaurants Vienna '79 and Fledermaus as well as meats, such as wienerschnitzel and smoked pork loin, purchased from New York–based Schaller & Weber or from local butchers. Whether the entree is a classic bratwurst or a more adventurous pale ale braised bratwurst, the generous portions cause diners to undo the top button or padlock holding their pants together.
For a sweet end to the evening, diners can savor the aforementioned apple strudel with its paper-thin layers of dough or sink their forks into the chocolate and fresh cream of a viennese sacher torte. A cherry-red espresso machine yields steaming cups of coffee by Viennese roaster Julius Meinl to accompany sweets, which guests enjoy in the dining room or on the biergarten. There, amid potted flowers and with a view of the downtown skyline, guests sip Austrian beer and wines such as Eggenberg doppelbock and Samichlaus helles, which the restaurant’s Wunderbar pours until 1 a.m. or when the moon starts snoring.