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German restaurant Schweinehaus to open in Overton Square

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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Overton Square's revitalization is moving another step forward with the announcement of a new restaurant like none other in Memphis.

Schweinehaus, translated from German, literally means "pig house." It is expected to open in the late summer, just in time for Oktobefest.

Andy Walker is behind the concept and says it will be a celebration of pork and beer.

"A full house, loud, crazy, smells like some spilled beer," Walker said. "A festive atmosphere, we like to have a good time."

Schweinehaus will be a German style  beer hall with a focus on the authentic Bavarian style experience.

Walker's brother, a classically trained chef, will be serving up wienerschnitzel, potato salad, and 10 kinds of sausage. The restaurant's patio will become a biergarten, of course.

"Communal tables, the feel of people hanging out having a good time, telling stories over beer, lots of jolly revelry," Walker said.

Schweinehaus joins other unique tenants in the revitalized Overton Square in Midtown Memphis: a tacos and tapas joint called Babalu, Bikram yoga, an olive oil specialty store called The Square Olive, and a farm to table burger place called Belly Acres, to name a few.

"We're very pleased with the tenant mixture we have here," said Elizabeth Berglund of Loeb Properties. "We're more than 90-percent occupied now.  We couldn't be happier with that."

Walker said Overton Square is the perfect fit for Schweinehaus. The old Paulette's at 2110 Madison Ave. has the perfect character and atmosphere for the vision.

"We love the feel of the place," Walker said. "What the Loebs are doing here is a great thing. It's got the feel back to it. We looked at pictures the other day of the heyday of the 70s.  I believe it's on its way back."

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