No schnitzel, but you can still have beer in the new pizzeria which opens on Wednesday at the old Hofbräuhaus in Rosemont

A year after the last schnitzel was fried and the oompa played, part of what was a former German brasserie in Rosemont is set to reopen on Wednesday under a different name and restaurant concept.

But the new place will have at least one thing in common with the old one: beer.

Crust, a pizzeria and craft beer bar, will open Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Parkway Bank Park entertainment district, occupying 13,400 square feet of the 20,000 square-foot former Hofbräuhaus Chicago.

The space has been transformed inside and out over the past year, but the old brewing equipment – a 2,000 liter Kaspar-Schulz brewery designed, engineered and hand-built in Bamberg , in Germany – remained in place. Brewmaster Rob Hunter also stayed on the team to produce a selection of around half a dozen signature and seasonal/specialty beers.

The menu offers 16 pizzas; each is individually sized at 12 inches, but can be shared. They include The 312 (red sauce, mozzarella, homemade Italian beef and giardiniera) and The Shroom (white garlic parmesan cream sauce, black truffle cream, mixed mushrooms, arugula and parmesan shavings).

For diners who don’t like pizza or beer, the menu offers other starters, dishes to share, salads, desserts, wines and cocktails.

The pizzeria and brasserie are the brainchild of father and son businessmen Joe and Mike Matuschka, who operated Hofbräuhaus for eight years under a lease with the village. Amid rising costs and falling profits, they decided to retool, and last April they purchased part of the old brewery for $2.165 million and began renovations.

Yet to come across the wall in the subdivided building: a 5,000 square foot Pete’s Piano Bar and an 1,800 square foot Tiki Tiki Bar.

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