German food is their specialty
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Brigitte and Wolfgang Jahn welcome everyone to
celebrate their anniversary on Jan. 14.
It’s probably safe to say that January in Wurzburg, Germany is a touch colder than January on Anna Maria Island, something that certainly has not gone unnoticed by Brigitte and Wolfgang Jahn. Originally from Germany, the Jahns have lived in Florida and owned the Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus restaurant in Holmes Beach for 10 years, providing authentic German food and enjoying authentic Florida sunshine.
After visiting friends from Austria on Anna Maria, the Jahns fell in love with the Island. Brigitte is a master chef and was encouraged her husband to consider opening a German restaurant on the Island. Through thre years, they have built a loyal clientele of local residents, seasonal residents and visitors who have become friends as well as patrons.
For 17 years, even before the Jahns owned Old Hamburg, they specialized in homemade German food with traditional dishes like Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel and Goulash with Spaetzle. They also have soups, an assortment of appetizers, salads and desserts in additional to daily specials. They offer wine and beer with five German beers on tap. Only by reservation on Fridays, you can indulge in Haxen nach Bayern Art or pork Bavarian style with dumplings and sauerkraut. During the winter season you’ll also need reservations just to get in the restaurant most nights.
The Jahns are grateful for their great staff that has been with them from the beginning. Their waitress Donna Hofman, is so much a part of their family that she accompanied them to Germany during their last trip as a special thank you for her service. They also want to thank all of their friends on Anna Maria for their support and well wishes during the time Brigitte was ill. When they returned to the Island they were greeted with a welcome home poster on the door signed by many of their customers.
The Jahns like to call Old Hamburg a friendly restaurant, and in that tradition, don’t be surprised to find that you’re sitting with other diners at one of the restaurant’s large wooden tables. It’s a great way to make new friends and enjoy the only authentic German food on the Island. To celebrate their anniversary at Old Hamburg, the Jahns will be hosting a party on Jan. 14, offering all schnitzels for $10. Stop by and wish them a happy 10th.
With family in the United Sates and also in Germany, the Jahns spend a lot of time traveling, but their love of Anna Maria is clear. This is their home. Visit them at Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus restaurant and find German entrees with a side of sunshine.
Old Hamburg SchnitzelhausAnna Maria Island Centre
3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach
May through December ~ Tuesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
January through April ~ Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Major credit cards accepted