Mosser in the Morning
New Lease On Life For Austin's Oldest Establishment
One of my very, very favorite places to find myself is the beer garden at Scholz Garten. If you dig beer, and you also dig history, there's nowhere in Austin that the two collide more beautifully than Austin's longest standing establishment - founded in 1866 and run continuously since then. At 151 years young, it's not only the grande dame of our town, but it's the oldest business of any kind in the entire state of Texas, and to boot, as executive director Reagan Meyers told me, Scholz's has the oldest continually operating beer garden in the entire United States! Considering the oldest American places, say New England or New Orleans, this is indeed remarkable, and even more remarkably, very few of us Austinites seem to know what a cool chunk of history we have in our midst - I'm a regular and a fan, and even I was blown away at that last statistic. All about Scholz's, the Saengerrunde singing club that precedes and oversees it, and the future of both under their new partnership with Austin sausage whippersnappers Frank, below.
Chris Mosser talks to Reagan Meyers of Scholz Garten and Saengerrunde Hall - Austin's oldest establishment - about the venerable joint's history, and its future with a new partnership with Frank.