Wurst Haus bringing schnitzel, bratwurst and German beer to West Hartford

Photo of Leeanne Griffin

Wurst Haus will officially open in West Hartford March 31, bringing Bavarian cuisine and European beers to the town’s center.

The German restaurant replaces the former McLadden’s Irish gastropub at 37 LaSalle Road, and opens to the public at 5:30 p.m. It’s the second West Hartford restaurant for Massachusetts-based Bean Restaurant Group, which opened Union Kitchen next door in December 2018.

Wurst Haus, originally inspired as a spinoff of Bean’s Student Prince & The Fort restaurant in Springfield, Mass., started as a German food hall concept at the Big E in 2017. Three years later, the restaurant group transformed the McLadden’s location in Northampton, Mass. into the first brick and mortar Wurst Haus.

In West Hartford, a sample menu offers starters ($8 to $23) like Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and Inglehoff mustard, wurst and sausage plates with sauces and vegetable accompaniments, potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce and fried Camembert cheese. Bratwursts, knockwursts and jalapeño cheddar wursts ($9) are served on soft rolls with choice of toppings, and there’s even a Beyond Sausage plant-based version made with pea protein.

Belgian fries ($5 to $7) are served with choice of five flavored aiolis, and wurst poutine ($12) is topped with bratwurst, beer cheese, sauteed onions and roasted peppers.

Classic wiener schnitzel, jager schnitzel and Kaiser schnitzel ($20 to $24) are available in chicken, pork and veal preparations, served with buttered noodles or mashed potatoes. Other entrees ($17 to $25) include roasted mushroom mac and cheese, fish and chips, short rib goulash and mustard glazed salmon.

The restaurant plans to serve 14 lines of German beers, with another four lines dedicated to beers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A signature boot-shaped mug is available for larger pours.

“We are excited to bring The Wurst Haus to West Hartford where we will be offering award-winning cuisine paired with a wide selection of fine European beers, that will only be available here,” says Andy Yee, Bean Restaurant Group’s co-owner. “We want to build community and know the restaurant will offer a fun, relaxed atmosphere where people can come together to dine and raise a boot of beer.”

Wurst Haus will be open Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: wurst-haus.com/weha.