Authentic German entrees, freshly made sausages and 24 beers on tap - patrons can find this and more at Garden City’s new German grill and bierhaus.
Prost Grill & Garten, which opened its doors Monday, is located at 652 Franklin Avenue.
Owners Jim McCartney and Bill Daly have put months of hard work into making Prost the best it can be. According to McCartney, it was a six-month process to go from the lease to the construction to the actual opening. Upon walking in, the color scheme and brilliant pictures of iconic places in Germany hanging throughout the restaurant give off a great vibe.
“Bill and I had the idea to make a bar and grill that would be sausage and beer. Then we realized in Garden City they would need a little more,” said McCartney. “We went out to L.A. to try the sausage and beirhaus called Wurstkuche and we fell in love with it.”
They realized that while this idea would work in Garden City, they needed to offer a full menu. As a result, Prost offers many traditional German meals, along with some new variations of old German favorites.
The restaurant also offers an impressive beer menu with 24 on tap - 12 German, five craft beers, two from local breweries and fives favorites such as Blue Moon, Brooklyn Lager and Guinness. Another fun aspect is that “ the bar top is all recycled bowling alley wood,” McCartney said.
Prost currently has a total of 17 tables, and a seating capacity of 75, according to McCartney. Outdoor seating will consist of picnic style tables and is set to open in mid-September. “All the tables are handmade,” he said, explaining that they were all made by his brother-in-law. He also credits his wife with much of the interior designing for the restaurant.
Initially, McCartney says they are not taking reservations just yet, and just letting business flow. “When we opened on Monday night, without any advertisement, we had over 100 covers for dinner,” he said.
The grand opening will be taking place in September, but Prost is completely open for business and welcoming residents to come in and enjoy all they have to offer.
“I think people are looking for something a little bit different in Garden City,” McCartney said. “I get a lot of comments that Garden City doesn’t need another Chinese restaurant or Italian restaurant. This is something I don’t think has a niche here and could fit in very well.”
Some of the most popular menu items so far are the sausages ($7) which are freshly made and served on a bakers roll with a choice of two toppings. Another popular item, according to McCartney, are the Saurkraut Croquettes ($9) which are a blend of sauerkraut and potato served with a horseradish dipping sauce. Entrees currently range from $14 to $24.95.
Prost is open for lunch and dinner, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Visit them online at www.prostgrill.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Prostgrillgarten.