Opening of German Restaurant
“Zur Autobahn” German Restaurant
opens its doors with home made German specialties
(April 30, 2003 – Meridian) “Zur Autobahn” German Restaurant finally opened its
doors on April 10th, 2003 after years of preparation. Its mainly home-made food
has already been tasted and found to be delicious by numerous guests.
What started out as a simple idea to sell German snacks along Hwy 22 between
Meridian and Cranfills Gap quickly turned into the dream of opening a
full-fledged restaurant. After receiving feedback and comments from many locals
with the desire to be able to relax in a restaurant with German ambience, Conny
and Dieter Sedlmaier decided to build a restaurant seating twenty-nine guests.
So far, the owners could not complain about the number of guests enjoying meals
starting from Sauerkraut and Bratwurst to Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and
The meals are mainly home-made and Conny, the cook, prepares daily specials. “I
have only received compliments and I am happy that the people in this area love
my cooking,” she says with a big smile. Word of mouth already sent her guests
from far away as well.
“Zur Autobahn” stands for “to the Autobahn” and the restaurant truly has an
automobile flavor. The guest room is decorated with pictures of sport cars and
many different German model cars. Dieter’s certificate for his German degree in
Mastering Car Mechanics also hangs on the wall. Dieter, who built the restaurant
over several years from the first stone up with little outside help, points out
the original German doors and windows “Some people still have trouble with the
knobs, but they are getting used to it [translated],” he mentions in German. The
room feels warm and cozy with its oak wood and authentic German-style chairs.
Dieter and Kornelia “Conny” moved to Texas about 7 years ago. Originally, they
are from Gross-Gerau near Ruesselsheim in the state of Hessia. The town of
Gross-Gerau is located about 15 min south of Frankfurt/Main (West). In Germany,
they owned a business in the automobile industry, which is tradition in their
families. Dieter's heart still belongs to cars, which is obvious when browsing
the walls in the restaurant. Many male guests truly enjoy the ambience.
Conny, who has always loved to cook and takes pleasure in spoiling her guests,
completed many food seminars in Germany and obtained a license to own a food
business. However, during their time in Germany the automobile business did not
allow time to pursue her idea of opening her own restaurant. Here in Texas, she
fulfilled her dream. After getting her certificates here in Texas, she serves
meals and specialties from Hessia. Everyone, who has already paid a visit to the
little yellow building on Hwy 22, enjoyed them. Everything is prepared fresh and
mostly home-made. “Sometimes”, Conny points out, “this may take a little longer,
so please, sit back, relax and enjoy a little German comfortableness and
coziness. It is what we call ‘Deutsche Gemuetlichkeit’!” While the German folk
music is playing on the radio player, guests follow her heartily advice in “Zur
Autobahn” German Restaurant and surely do not complain.
The German restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am – 2pm and 5pm
– 9pm. For more information, call “Zur Autobahn” at (254) 597 2500.