New Braunfels’ new spots for cocktails, craft beers and burgers
NEW BRAUNFELS — A new food and drink complex attached to the Prince Solms Inn has an all-in-one formula: A lineup of tricked-out burgers, cocktails on tap, craft beer sourced from Texas breweries, plentiful outdoor patio space and top shelf spirits in a cozy basement setting.
The project has been in development by Prince Solms Inn owners Terry and Celina Muckenfuss for more than a year and is scheduled to open in mid-October at 295 E. San Antonio St. in downtown New Braunfels.
Muck & Fuss (which plays off the couple’s name) is a burger restaurant and craft beer bar just next to the inn in a separate building that features high ceilings with a glassy, atrium feel. It will focus on a food lineup that is heavy on gourmet burgers with names like the Salty Goat, Cubano and a good old All-American.
The Muck & Fuss bar will feature 26 different types of craft beer that will be in a series of constant rotation. When a keg goes dry, it’s replaced with a different beer of the same flavor school, so a stout swaps out with another stout, etc. There will also be booze-infused milk shakes and a pair of frozen cocktail machines.
“That’s one of the things that will make us different,” said Dan Reinhard, general manager of Muck & Russ. “Everytime a customer visits us, it should be a new beer experience.”
The bar is outfitted with a garage door that opens up into a large courtyard area that will regularly host live music and other events.
For a more laid-back vibe, head down to the basement of the Prince Solms Inn to experience Sidecar, a project developed by Andy Hack that also should open in mid-October. Hack is veteran local cocktail guru that has worked behind the bar at Bohanan’s, Paramour, George’s Keep and the Seersucker Distillery.
Sidecar will have six beers on tap, but the focus will be on cocktails that hit on all of the spirits from gin to a selection of higher-end whiskeys. Hack’s take on an old-fashioned utilizes mesquite beans paired with Texas rye whiskey and a homemade bitters recipe.
“We will take a lot of pride in our cocktails, because these are drinks that are our creations,” Hack said. “My goal is to foster an environment that allows our bartenders to have fun and be creative.”
There’s a kitchen space inside Sidecar that might see some food service in the future, but for now, Hack is using it to blend and create syrups and other ingredients to be used in the cocktail menu.
Sidecar occupies what used to be Wolfgang’s Wine Bar and Jazz Lounge and will carry on the music vibe with a piano and dimly lit setting that features several separate seating areas. The bricks that line the walls date back to the original construction of the Prince Solms Inn in 1898.
And for patrons who wish to make a long weekend out of the Prince Solms Inn experience, there are six rooms available that may be booked in advance.
Muck & Fuss, 295 E. San Antonio St., 830-255-7055. Hours: To be determined. Online: muckandfuss.com. Facebook: MuckandFuss.
Sidecar, 295 E. San Antonio St., 830-255-7432. Hours: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays. Online: sidecarnb.com.
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