Wow. Never thought this place would have trouble packing 'em in. I'd meant to go for months, but finally had a beer at Hofbräuhaus downtown St. Pete first time finally last month. It was busy, but this was a Friday night.
Apparently I got there just in time.
The father and son owners have their "hands full with properties in Chicago" according to a spokesperson who spoke with the Tampa Bay Times. The bar is up for sale.
The good news is, he says there seem to be interested buyers who want to grow the brand so hopefully they won't mess with it much... just make it better.
Hofbräuhaus St. Pete opened in 2015. I've been to the Hofbräuhaus in Germany and I've gotta say, the St. Pete location is a pretty good tribute to the original. Most importantly, the enormous mugs are as much of a challenge as they were when I was in Munich.