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Frtizy's in Howell is changing owners :(

Angelina Sep 25, 2006 09:03 PM

It is sad, but true. I read it in an ad the original Fritzy placed in the APP. He thanked everyone and said the new onwner (whose name is also Fritzy) will be making some changes to the menu. Let's hope it is still as amazing as the original Fritzy! (Weiner Schnitzel, saurbraten, potato pancakes....yum!)

Since we are on the subject, has anyone ver eaten at Hofenbrahaus in the Highlands? I have always wanted to go, but for some reason I always forget about the place.

Thanks for everything, Fritzy!! Enjoy your retirement!

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    RGR May 18, 2008 11:44 AM

    This is a good example of the motto: If it ain't broke.... These owners took what was once a place with excellent German food and turned it into a hodgepodge. No surprise that customers are staying away.

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    1. re: RGR
      Susan120 May 21, 2008 04:28 PM

      Fritzy's in Howell is up for sale again, asking $1.2 million with their liquor license

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        Tapas52 May 21, 2008 06:30 PM

        First the Huller's Black Forest Butcher in Jackson, Now Fritzys what is going on out there? How about a German chain restaurant like "BRAT GARDEN" or somthing heheheh! Its sad how these great places are closing.

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      RGR Feb 22, 2008 08:18 AM

      We have not been back to Fritzy's since the ownership change. It appears the restaurant is now morphing into something other than the wonderful German restaurant it once was.

      This ad appeared in last week's "News Transcript":

      Tarragon Roast Pork
      1/2 Roasted Chicken
      Chicken Parmigiana
      Penne Bolognese
      Blackened Tilapia
      Stuffed Manicotti
      Fried Tilapia
      Fish & Chips

      All Entrees Include Soup or Salad, Coffee, Tea or Soda

      $13.95 with coupon only

      Coupon: $13.95 Dinner Special
      Tues.-Fri. 3 p.m.-close
      Exp. 3/31/08
      No Substititions

      Very sad! :-(

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      1. re: RGR
        Angelina Feb 22, 2008 09:47 AM

        ewwww gross...why don't they throw in a sushi bar while they are at it!!!!

        1. re: Angelina
          RGR Feb 22, 2008 10:08 AM

          LOL! That's probably next!

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        mike c Nov 18, 2006 01:12 PM

        As for the Hofbrauhaus, it is closing after New Years Day and will be demolished to be redeveloped as a track of new homes. Two German restaurants down and gone in one month!

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          RGR Nov 19, 2006 05:03 PM

          Fritzy's is not gone. There's a change of ownership. Of course, it remains to be seen if the excellent quality will hold up. But at least for now, it's still open.

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            dagwood Nov 14, 2007 10:13 AM

            Any feedback re: the new Fritzy's??

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              Angelina Nov 14, 2007 11:17 AM

              The fact that they call it Italian/German/American makes me cringe. Why cobine all of that?

              1. re: Angelina
                dagwood Nov 14, 2007 11:50 AM

                I had heard that the new owner had a place up the road previously where he became known for some of his Italian specialties, and he wanted to bring them along with him, so I think that's why. I was just wondering if the food is still good.

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                  RGR Nov 14, 2007 12:55 PM

                  We've not been back since the ownership change because the reports I've read have indicated that it's gone downhill. :-(

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                    plove53 Feb 5, 2008 08:45 AM

                    I just ate at Fritzy's this past weekend (and a few weekends ago)...The food was still good and tasty! to me.

                    I love the French dressing they make... if someone knows how to make it let me know!

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          debbie173nj Sep 27, 2006 04:28 PM

          We went to the Octoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus on Sunday. We had a great time listening to the music and watching the German dancers. The food was just OK but the great view and entertainment made it a lot of fun. The bad news is that they will be closing in a few months so this is their last Octoberfest. The waitress said that the new owners want to have a banquet hall on the bottom floor and a restaurant on the top.

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            RGR Sep 25, 2006 09:20 PM

            Oh, no! :-( We love Fritzy's and will miss his particular way of cooking (and super generous portions). But I can certainly understand his wanting to retire.

            Wonder what kind of changes the new owner has in mind. We'll probably give it a try and hope, as you say, it remains at least as good as it's always been.

            As for Hofbrauhaus, we went there once many years ago for Octoberfest. At that time, I found the food disappointing. But, who knows? It may have changed for the better. If you decide to try it, please report back.

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              Herm Sep 25, 2006 09:16 PM

              Been to Hofbrau once, imo you were wise to forget it.

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