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New to League City: Restaurant with German brews, food

April 16, 2019

Sometimes the popularity of a local eatery is too much to cover through one restaurant. This seems to be the case with Pearland’s Kings Biergarten, owned by father and son duo Philipp and Johann “Hans” Sitter.

The duo will open Kings BierHaus, a franchise location in League City, on April 23.

“This will be our third location,” said Philipp Sitter, “but it’s our very first franchise location.”

Because of that, the family was careful in picking the team to carry on the family legacy outside of Pearland, he said.

Market opportunity in League City?

“The three people at the League City store have worked with us for years,” said Sitter. “it’s not like we found a random guy, just sold a franchise to them and said, ‘Here you go.’”

Sitter said the family, which also runs King’s BierHaus in the Heights neighborhood in Houston, saw opportunity in the League City market.

“There’s a lot of fast or casual dining, but there isn’t really a place for anyone to go get a drink,” Sitter said. “There isn’t any place for people to sit down and be entertained, and we definitely offer that — we’ll still do our themed trivia nights, or summer rosé parties — there isn’t a lot of places around there where people are experience that.”

The new restaurant at 828 W. FM 646 has more than 200 employees and roughly 5,500 square feet of inside space in addition to an outdoor patio area, complete with a stage for live music.

Pooches welcome on the patio

“The outdoor area is a really beautiful patio, communal tables, great landscaping, televisions, live music, “ Sitter said. “We also welcome well-behaved dogs on the patio — it’s a very proper beer garden.

“We’ll have a large selection of local craft beers - mostly from Galveston County but also from St. Arnold’s and Karbach breweries as well,” Sitter said. “Of course, we’ll have a very large selection of German beers.”

Some of those, he said, come from German monasteries and are hard to find in Houston.

Also offered are cocktails and a menu close to the one that has proved popular at the Pearland restaurant, including items for kids.

“One thing we wanted to make sure of is that when we serve cocktails, they’re not an afterthought,” Sitter said. “Our cocktails are created and crafted by specialists.”

He described the menu as including one side for German food lovers and another for “more American-German fusion” dishes such as chicken skewers that have been are marinated overnight in lager and garlic butter.

Appetizers start at $7. Most entrees are between $12 and $15.

Hans and Philipp Sitter moved to America in 1996 from Austria, where the elder Sitter was a butcher and the family operated restaurants. In Pearland, Hans Sitter started a car wash and began handing out free bratwurst and beer in the parking lot. That led to Kings Biergarten & Restaurant in 2011.

“We want there to be something for everyone, so we try to be inclusive while also retaining a sense of humor and fun,” Philipp Sitter said.

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