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Historic Hofbrauhaus


Chris Hammerson came to Helen, Georgia in 1976. While vacationing in North Carolina, he heard about a small Alpine village in the north Georgia mountains. The town of Helen was transforming into a German village and Chris happened to be a native of Osanabruck, Germany. Needless to say, he fit in very well.

Chris purchased a restaurant and called it “The Hofbrauhaus” after the famous restaurant in Munich. He started a legacy in 1976 that is still going strong today. Chris passed away in 2014 but new owners Bonnie Keeler and Robert Lordo, Jr. have worked hard to keep the reputation and atmosphere that Chris created.

Nestled along the Chattahoochee River, the Hofbrauhaus is a must-visit destination when visiting in Helen and the north Georgia mountains. Visitors come back year after year to have the best German food in Helen. Service and quality are at a premium. Overlooking the river is the G.I. Germany Pub, with a relaxing atmosphere in the bar. World War II memorabilia can be viewed on the walls. The beer steins above the bar have patrons’ pictures on them, with some going back over 30 years. The restaurant and pub speak of the beautiful Alpine atmosphere and history of Helen. Chris Hammerson made his mark in Helen with the Hofbrauhaus Riverfront Restaurant and the legacy lives on, now 40 years later.