Owner Tom Schroeder initially the named up-and-coming business Stone Saloon, but renamed it Waldmann Brewery after discovering an artifact that pointed to Anthony Waldmann, a Bavarian immigrant who was the first owner of the saloon that occupied the site in 1857.
According to a press release, the restoration of the oldest surviving commercial building in the Twin Cities, located at 445 Smith Avenue in St. Paul, is nearing completion, with sights set on a September opening. The establishment will feature a craft brewery specializing in German lagers and a “wurstery” offering a variety of house-made sausages.
While it has been a laborious four-year project for Schroder and the Waldmann team, there has been a lot of community support and good-will, Schroeder said, which they’re hoping will continue into the home stretch. They’re inviting supporters to a Kickstarter Launch Party on April 20, which they’re using to raise money to finish the project.
“I want to give folks a chance to discover the meaning in history, experiencing what it’s like to have a conversation by lamplight over good food and classic beer while sitting in 160-year-old rooms that were built from the stone under their feet,” Schroeder said in a press release.