So, happy Oktoberfest. Really. You’ve earned it...
Welcome to the new Schroeder’s—the oldest, biggest German restaurant in town, grandly reborn for 2014. It’s now open, so let’s take a look at what’s changed and what hasn’t.
Then: An old Bavarian-cottage-looking thing covered the front. Its mantra: no sunlight shall pass.
Now: Windows. Big, plentiful windows letting sunlight stream onto the new hardwood floors, the enormous blackened-steel hoop lights strung up with airplane cable and your large new communal table with room for multitudes of friends and beers.
Then: German beer. Plenty of it. Also... a shot-dispensing Jäger machine.
Now: They chucked the German beer. Just kidding. Lots of good beer here. But also... interesting cocktails like the Derby Radler, made with bourbon, Kölsch, lemon, sage liqueur and fennel-seed syrup. You had a good run, Jäger machine. Or did you.
Then: Corned beef and cabbage, if you were hungry.
Now: Veal schnitzel over fava beans, celery root and preserved Meyer lemon from a Plum/Incanto vet... if you’re hungry. Seems more likely now.
Then: No stein lockers.
Now: Yup. Stein lockers. It’s a membership thing. You lock your personal stein in one for safekeeping. Got to protect your valuables.