Launching a Restaurant
So, not only did we want to get the brewery back up and running, we also hoped to open a restaurant one day. Much like knowing we wanted Ray as our Brew Master, we knew the perfect man for the job of Executive Chef, our friend, Chris Kilisz. Thankfully, being a friend of ours, we didn’t have to try very hard to find him like we did trying to find Ray! Vance and I talked to Chris about the position and hoped we could bring him on shortly after Vance took ownership of The Faust. We were all really looking forward to it but then of course, just as with the brewery, we knew a restaurant would have to wait.
Now, after what has felt like forever, it’s funny to me how seemingly overnight everything we’ve wanted for the Faust Brewing Company is becoming a reality. Over the past two years, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if we had our own beer or if we served food and had to tell them no, I’d be rich! It’s crazy to think that now not only are we building our selection of house brews, but with Chris joining the team back in March, last Thursday we were finally able to say we have a restaurant! While we expected a typical soft opening for a bar that’s already open and up and running, you know, where you don’t really announce that you’re serving food yet and just hand out the menu if people ask… But that’s quite the opposite of what happened! Apparently word travels fast, and we’ve been serving food non-stop since we opened the kitchen doors! I also must say that I don’t think we could have dreamed of a more perfect first launch of our menu. Even though we weren’t totally expecting the rush we got on our first day open, with Chris as Executive Chef and Trent Wehe, our Bar Manager, it was a huge success! With a Tapas-style menu, our concept is different from anything else in New Braunfels right now and because of that, and more importantly, the amazing staff we have, I have no doubt in the success of The Faust Brewing Company as a brewery, bar and restaurant. It still almost doesn't feel real. The fact that we actually have beer, that we are actually serving food.... It's so awesome, and I’m looking forward to officially kicking it all off this Saturday with a grand opening party!