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Bites Nearby: Prost Grill & Garten

Garden City’s new German restaurant and bierhaus is open for business.

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

Washington August 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Great pictures and an interesting concept, I'm looking forward to visiting soon. I checked out the menu online, and I didn't see any kids' menu. Are children welcome?
Victoria Centrella August 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Hi Washington, According to owner Bill Daly they do not have a preset childrens' menu just yet, but will be offering kid friendly items like burgers, fries and a German sausage similar to a hot dog. They also do not yet have any high chairs, but will be getting them in shortly.
Milly Baum August 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I visited Prost earlier this week for dinner. I think it is a great concept and the food and beer (heffe weiss) is excellent quality. There are a few kinks that still need to be worked out. I had the Knockwurst with sour kraut, curry ketchup, and brown mustard. The knockwurst would have been better if it was hotter and not luke warm. The roll that it was served on was stale as well. Having said that, I am still impressed with the flavors. It just needed to be executed better. The rolls that they served when we sat down were delicious (pumpernickel with white raisins and a toasted onion roll). The ambiance is perfect and clean cut, just wish my food was warmer. I will go back in a few months and hopefully these items will be addressed. Good luck to a promising local establishment.
william Daly August 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks Milly We are fixing the expediting system for the kitchen, so the meals come out faster and hotter. We also are working on keeping the rolls fresh the whole day. Thank you for your important critique, which helps us provide a bettter product. Tschuss Bill Daly Prost Grill & Garten
Elle September 08, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Nice concept, great decor! We needed something different in town. Looking forward to good times here in the future. This being said, the food however still needs work. Tried a few things -- Sausage on Roll was good but yes, lukewarm, the Spaetzle and Cheese was totally tasteless -- again good concept but tasted more like cardboard -- needed more seasoning or something. The Meat Platter was OK, but the liverwurst was also tasteless. Good news is heard they will be adding some German favorites for Octoberfest. Another comment is that none of the bartenders know anything about the German beers they have -- they say they have never tasted it??? How can they recommend anything to customers when they have no clue? Also would it hurt for them to smile, be friendlier and a little more attentive? Overall looking forward to the kinks being worked out and enjoying good times at this great little place with friends. Last comment is this is a Beer Garten type place, so really people is this a good place to take little kids, especially those needing high chairs?

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