613 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78701
Our story begins in a Smaller austin
We hope you have a unique dining experience and leave here planning to come back and see us again soon. We have been serving folks out of this little joint on West 6th Street since 1932, and have served generations of local families. We have a lot of good friends from all over central Texas and even from halfway around the world.
Brothers Robert “Coleman” Hamby and Thomas Joshua Hamby opened this, The Original Hoffbrau, on August 4, 1932. Figuring they would soon lose their job driving the ice wagon for Mission Ice because of the depressed economy and the onset of refrigeration , the brothers made a small investment in the piece of property and figured on opening a drinking establishment. By stroke of luck or by blessing, depending on how you look at it, the Prohibition Laws that had made alcohol illegal for quite some time were revoked a few months later. Those people who could afford the nickel for a glass of home brew made their way to the Hoffbrau, and the two brothers were more than happy to serve them crackers and cold cuts just to make that nickel beer sale. The Hoffbrau boasted “keg” beer too, which people were curious about in the 1930s. We have a few old photos of the place during that time period still displayed on our walls.
The 1940s brought more prosperous times for the Original Hoffbrau. People could now afford to eat out and made their preferences known. Soldiers from Bergstrom AFB , during WWII, came in with big money to spend and big appetites. They convinced Coleman and Tom to try steaks. The small cast iron grill you see on our bar was purchased, which could prepare two steaks at a time. Well, needless to say, the steak sales took off and we’ve been serving them ever since. Along with chunky fried potatoes, sliced bread (for soppin') and the infamous “love it or leave it” Hoffbrau salad.... loaded with fresh garlic.
Coleman’s sons, Robert and Tom, were here from the 1950s to the early 1990s, and today Coleman’s granddaughter, Mary Gail, and her son, Zachary, operate the Hoffbrau along with the Rustic Tap Beer Garden next door. You can see some old photographs of all these folks in our dining room. We pride ourselves on loving people and loving what we do, so please ask if we can help you with anything. Some of the employees serving you have been here more than forty years, and almost all have twenty or more years under their belts. Several are the third, and even fourth, generation of their family to work here. Hoffbrau just gets in your blood, I guess. We think so, anyway.
Steak perfection takes time
We have been serving grilled steaks out of our little joint on West 6th Street since 1932 (over 75 years) , and have served generations of local families. Two or three of our employees have been here more than thirty years, and almost all have ten or more years under their belt. Several are the second, third, or even fourth generation of their family to work here. It just gets in your blood we guess.
Have a drink
at the bar
We have fully stocked bar and our restaurant was one of the first places in the city to boast a beer keg in the 40s. After your dinner, step next door to our sister bar, Rustic Tap and listen to a little live music or play some over sized Jenga.