Owner Mike Drust sits in the first-floor dining room at Beermann’s Restaurant in downtown Lincoln. Beermann’s celebrates its one-year anniversary on Thursday, April 11.
Owner Mike Drust has enjoyed this last year since he (re)opened Beermann’s Restaurant in downtown Lincoln. This Thursday, April 11, will mark the one-year anniversary since he opened the doors.
Opening Beermann’s was a big job. The former establishment had been closed for six years when he took it over. Drust said, “It took me about six months to come in and clean it up. We took most of the furniture out, it was more of the old saloon-style furniture. There were a lot of the taxidermy animal-heads all around. We took those out and decided to go with more of what Lincoln was about.”
Pointing to the numerous framed photographs on the walls above the booths, he continued, “We put up all these pictures of Lincoln from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, more along the line of the history of Lincoln. I went over to the frame shop that Tom (Jones) has. He got the pictures together, framed them all up and he came over and hung them up, too.”
The first-floor dining room seats about 88 guests.
Drust has a lifetime of experience in the restaurant industry. He started in the pizza business at a very young age…very young. He said, “My first job, I was nine years old. I worked for an old Italian guy who didn’t speak English. I worked for him until I was 18 years old. He helped me open my first store at the age of 18.”
Drust worked the pizza business for 45 years, spending the last 23 years operating several Round Table restaurants in the area. He retired two years ago.
“I enjoy the restaurant business, you get to meet a lot of people and 99 & 9/10% of the time, it’s all on good terms,” he laughed.
Drust’s laughter fills the large first-floor dining room at Beermann’s. Continue Reading