On Tuesday, Wichita will finally get what it has long said it wanted: An authentic German restaurant.
Prost, owned by Let’m Eat Brats food truck founder Manu English and her husband, Austin, will open on Tuesday at Revolutsia, the open-air shipping container mall that’s just been completed at Central and Volutsia.
Their restaurant is an anchor of the project and is made out of several shipping containers stacked on top of each other. It has seating inside for 100, authentic bench seating from Germany, a big second-story beer garden and a second-story dining room dramatically lined along the ceiling with the colorful flags of Germany’s 16 states.
Perhaps most important, the restaurant has a German menu that goes beyond just bierocks — although it has those, too. Manu, a German native who moved to the United States 25 years ago and opened her food truck in 2013, has created a menu featuring many of her childhood favorites.
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There’s jagerschnitzel and zigeuner schnitzel and frikadellen, which are German-style pan-fried meatballs served with warm red cabbage. There’s a bratwurst meal served with choice of brat and either pommes (fries) or German potato salad. The appetizer section offers pretzels with a garlic onion dip; flammkuchen, which is crispy flat bread topped with sour cream, bacon and caramelized onions; and kartoffelpuffer mit apfelbrei, which are potato pancakes topped with applesauce or sour cream.
The menu also has several vegetarian options and includes homemade desserts like apple strudel and birne Helene, which is a spiced poached pear served with neighbor Little Lion’s vanilla ice cream.
There are still a few memberships available in Prost’s stein club, a program that asks members to pay $100 a year to have an authentic German stein assigned to them that then resides in the restaurant in its own locker. Members of the club get $1 off their beers and 10 percent off their food when they visit. They will also have the right to reserve the stammtisch, a special wooden table in a more private area of the restaurant.
Starting on Tuesday, Prost will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. It will accept reservations as soon as it gets its telephone connected.
“It’s really exciting,” Austin English said. “I think it’s going to be a destination for our community.”
Let’m Eat Brats has been off the road for a week and likely will stay parked for the next couple of weeks while the owners get the restaurant up and running, they said.