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Bringing a Piece of Germany to the Midwest!
Her attraction was simple.She worked in an office and he was kind. She saw that immediately. More
than that, his accent, German, was attractive to her, somewhat sexy and the
leather ties he wore just made him a stand out in her mind. She barely knew him
but that quickly changed. My dear friend Karen met a German man, Detlef and her
life forever changed.
When she met him, the chemistry was immediate.When she spoke of him, in the early days, I
could sense a metamorphosis right before my eyes.It was not just star-crossed lovers or
infatuation, though it had those elements, it was a soul connection.She found a man that had chivalry and yet had
humility.Detlef had class and
confidence about him at all times but could balance it out somehow with a gentleness
that was soft and comforting when she needed a rock to lean on.His compassion extended to others as
well.She knew she had found a gem.
Early on in the courtship, it became apparent, German
culture was an important part of who Detlef was. Karen’s familiarity with this
was non-existent. Infact, her first meal was a German breakfast he served her
of hard rolls, cold cuts and soft boiled eggs. She was a Boston raised girl who
had been transplanted to Northern Kentucky through her first marriage.Thus, she set her sights, early on in their
courtship and marriage to getting acclimated and familiar with German culture
and culinary favorites and traditions, in particular her husband’s.
Through-out their twenty-one year marriage, they both had
discussed and dreamed of one day opening a restaurant venue that would be a
compilation of the best of their ideas.Karen would be the creative mastermind behind the design of the space,
with Detlef’s input to keep it true to the German heritage so it was authentic.And the recipes that would be used will only
be the tried and true recipes passed down from Detlef’s mother so they were the
real deal, German special dishes and not the fast food variety of an imitation plate
so many restaurant chains serve.
This dream became a reality last year and on their
twenty-first wedding anniversary, to the day, the restaurant they had so
longing dreamed of, was opened, Steinhaus German Restaurant in Florence,
Kentucky.All the years they had spent
enjoying going out for good food, great dinner venues and fine dining was now
something they were offering to others.They took the best of what they experienced what they knew and created
Their restaurant is more than just a place to eat; it has a
style that is uniquely different.
the design where the energy flow is a constant stream through-out the inside of
facility with no angles or cuts anywhere to the unusual European style
mixed bathroom one has to see to compare to typical public American restrooms.There are hand painted murals on the walls of
the countryside of Germany.
So many places to eat these days are chains.I am so thrilled my friend chose to start
something that is truly an original, uniquely theirs, not a replica of anything
created before.This is the real Mom and
Pops idea, the American dream. Detlef became an American citizen because he
believes in the dream and is working hard to make it materialize.The Koeppes feel the best value is in supreme
service, excellent food, and a divine environment.These are their core values and the guiding
principles they drive the restaurant and their staff with each and every day.
Especially popular here is a concept called The Gratitude
Circle.This is a special table with a
spiral on the carpet where diners can be seated on one side or both sides of
the unusual shaped table.It has wall
barriers so it is a more secluded area of the restaurant making it feel as if
you are in the elite crowd sitting there and it is in close proximity to the
bar as well! It is best seen as it is a hard image to describe.The acoustics
in the center of the circle is something magical; the voice of the person
speaking echoes! I had the opportunity to be seated in this area, very cool!
A German restaurant would not be German if not for many
steins around to view. This place has the most elaborate decorative steins you
will ever see anywhere! And several are huge!The beauty of the imagery on them is unbelievable and they will allow
you to freely take pictures while dining there which many diners I noticed
do.It is impossible to capture them all
in just one visit.
There is also a Stein Club patrons can join. When you dine
there, be sure and ask your waiter for all the details. With a membership, you
can attend the regular meetings for
Stein Club Members
members and also get your stein put in the
boxed area behind the waiter stand and held there exclusively for you any time
you arrive at Steinhouse.
To understand how those that frequent their restaurant feel,
one only needs to visit the attached review site to see. Click this to go to ReviewsChris
Helms, General Manager, is given many accolades also for his ability to not
only supervise the staff and manage the restaurant but accommodate large
clients’ needs for their reception and banquet hall.
The biggest thrill of all to me is seeing two wonderful
friends with a marriage still full of romance like the day I stood up next to
them have a big dream come to fruition. I would hope, by describing what is
unique about Steinhouse, others will be enticed to not only experience it but
tell others!Whether on a date night, family night or just
a group going out, check it out!Please
let Karen, Detlef or Chris know you would like to be an advocate, if interested,
after eating there. Advocates, if given cards, can give out 7 and when those 7
individuals turn theirs in, you get a discount on your meal.Keep in mind too, the gorgeous banquet rooms
are available for larger venues, be it receptions, seminars, business
meetings.They also have different menu
options available for those.
The staff is also important but never as important as you,
those that are the patrons.
Thank you for those reading this that frequent my dear
friends’ dream!And those that are about
to go, from reading this blog, Danke schön!