A meal can bring friends closer together, much like a camping trip or a pact to never mention what happened on the camping trip ever again. Have an evening you'll never forget with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for admission for two (a $24 value)
- $24 for admission for two, plus four food-and-drink tickets (a $48 value)
- $45 for admission for four, plus eight food-and-drink tickets (a $96 value)
Each food item costs one or two tickets. Beer costs one ticket per half liter or two tickets per full liter.
Grünauer's fourth-annual Oktoberfest entertains patrons with music, beer, and German food on Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28. Chefs will tempt tongues with authentic Oktoberfest food such as weisswurst, bratwurst, pretzels, and Black Forest brownies. Brews from Hofbräu will pour liberally, including its 2013 Oktoberfest brew, as will Boulevard Brewing Company’s Bob’s '47 and Mother’s Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest.
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.