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Austin's newest Biergarten being brought to life by an actual Bavarian prince

Koko's is set to open in November of this year. (Koko's Bavarian/Instagram)

When only the best will do for Austin locals, you could splurge at one of the city's top-tier restaurants like Lonesome Dove, Uchi and Comedor, or you could eat at a restaurant owned by an actual Bavarian prince.


Opening in East Austin's former location of Brewer's Table on 4715 E. 5th St., Koko's Bavarian is a new Biergarten and German restaurant from the mind of Konstantin Prinz von Bayern with plans to open this November.

Though his full name is Konstantin Eugen Alexander Max-Emanuel Maria Ludwig Ferdinand Leopold of Bavaria, the prince goes simply by the nickname "Koko" and beer runs in his blood. Prinz von Bayern's fifth great grandfather, King Ludwig I, was responsible for the first Oktoberfest in 1810, according to a report from Austin 360.

Prinz von Bayern has his own Austin stars on his team, including Jesse Herman, a former New Waterloo hospitality group member who helped launch La Condesa and the South Congress Hotel; Charles Attal of ACL-producing group C3 Presents, Lonesome Dove owner and chef Tim Love and investor Nick Swerdfege.

With plenty of room for indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor stage and proximity to an adjacent brewery, Koko's will have German food like smoked meat, sausages, pretzels and all the dipping sauces on deck. No skimping on the beer either, because the restaurant will feature 30 different varieties of beer stretching from Austin all the way to Deutschland, of which Koko's has some collaborations planned.

The menu, developed in collaboration with Love, will feature deeply Oktoberfest-inspired dishes that include house-made sausages, pork shoulder and Belgian fries.

The prince told Eater Austin said he hopes that Austinites will enjoy the beer garden as the unpretentious, lager-drinking hangout he intends for it to be. Koko's will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 4 p.m.- midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.- midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

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