In a rather surprising turn of events, it seems that chef Bernhard Mairinger isn’t giving up the ship after all. The larger-than-life man behind Downtown’s Bierbeisl Imbiss has had a change of heart, it seems, and will keep his restaurant open inside the Spring Street Arcade.
Partially spurred on by strong sales on what would have been his final weeks of service, plus the outpouring of support from locals, newcomers, and longtime fans alike, Mairinger says he plans to reopen Bierbeisl as of this coming Wednesday. The shop will keep some truncated hours and switch things up a bit, but otherwise it’s back to business as usual.
Bierbeisl Imbiss will now run Wednesday through Sunday only, from noon to 8 p.m, and will be doing a pared down menu similar to what he served in those last few weeks. That means sausages and sandwiches, beer, wine, and the baked goods that have given him such a wonderful reputation. He’ll also continue doing the catering and event gigs he promised when first announcing his plans to shut down the restaurant.
Most notably, Mairinger says that he’ll be transitioning the restaurant into a table service format, which should help to defray some of the longstanding issues that some customers seem to have had with the place. As such he’s been training up staff and getting the restaurant situated for the change, but looks to open at noon this Wednesday.
If you find yourself in the area and would like to offer a bit of welcome back good cheer, stop in and catch Mairinger yourself. The amiable Austrian should certainly be in good spirits, as he looks towards the future of Bierbeisl Imbiss once again — as well as the ever-expanding future of the Spring Street Arcade and the Historic Core as a whole.