Friday, December 30, 2005


A company with a rich Fort Wayne history has been in the news recently. The Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago will close this spring after 107 years of service. From their Web site:
"The restaurant's founder, Herman Joseph Berghoff, an immigrant to America in 1870 from Dortmund, Germany, began brewing Berghoff Beer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1887 as a family enterprise with his three brothers, Henry, Hubert and Gustav."
See some historic pictures from the Allen County Community Album. We also have a couple of books on the Berghoff family available in the genealogy department at the main library (may not be checked out).


At 10:53 AM, Blogger sarahjane said...

I just heard an interview on NPR yesterday about the restaurant closing, but I didn't realize Berghoff had a Fort Wayne history.
In the interview Melissa Block mentined how patrons used to get a free sandwich with the purchase of a 5-cent beer. Not bad. (

At 11:32 AM, Blogger sara said...

Thanks, sarahjane! Cool story.

Here's a shorter link to the NPR story:

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Scott "The Library Dude" said...

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At 5:51 PM, Blogger Scott "The Library Dude" said...

The Berghoff restaurant also had a casino associated with it and it was called the Berghoff Gardens.
I actually live in a home here in Fort Wayne that the Berghoff family lived in. One story the last owners passed along to us was that one of their sons found in the floor joists of the basement a box of dice. The last owners were surprised to learn the dice were loaded dice and tickled to wonder if perhaps the casino was wasn't always playing fair.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Bibliotron said...

It is really sad that the restaurant is closing. Their wienerschnitzel and creamed spinach were delicious. At least you will still be able to enjoy the Berghoff beer at the bar next door.


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