Bar to get major revamp
One of Marlborough's oldest breweries will be transformed into a German beer garden from the end of this month.
The Old Malthouse in Dodson St has been bought by restaurateur Dietmar Schnarre, who is planning to reopen the venue as a restaurant and bar in the style of a German beer garden with a Marlborough touch.
The new restaurant, to be called Dodson Street, will open on September 29, after Mr Schnarre bought the building from former owners Ted and Jackie Mason, who moved to Australia in July.
The restaurant and bar will have a range of German beers and food available alongside Marlborough wine and craft beers, he said. "It's a nice combination of my love of flavours, food and a nice beer garden."
Marlborough craft brewer Renaissance, which brews on the site, will have its beer at the bar and Mr Schnarre was hopeful of including fellow Marlborough craft beer label 8 Wired.
Mr Schnarre is the third owner of the restaurant and bar in the past four years and said making it work would be demanding, but he was ready for a new challenge.
"We were thinking, let's not have another summer with the same menu and the same places. We like the challenge and the location. The site has huge potential."
He was hoping to attract customers by offering beers in the same way as at two craft beer festivals he helped run at Drylands Restaurant in Rapaura, offering the beer in 200ml and 400ml glasses, as well as in 1-litre German stein glasses.
"It's so everybody can experience a lot of flavours in smaller quantities."
Part of the attraction of buying the building was its history as a brewery and a location where icecream was once made, which he planned to showcase in the restaurant design.
- The Marlborough Express