PARK SLOPE — The chandeliered reception hall that promises to make dreams come true is opening a beer garden big enough for 1,000 drinkers, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Grand Prospect Hall — famed for TV ads where owners Michael and Alice Halkias vow to "make your dreams come true" — will open the Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten on Friday, South Slope News first reported.
The 17,000-square-foot drinking spot will have enough room for roughly 500 customers in an outdoor garden replete with fountains and another 500 patrons inside in a glass enclosed hall, said spokeswoman Catherine Hay.
The beer garden will be open year round and is a nod to to Grand Prospect Hall's history, Hay said. The reception hall was built in 1892 when the neighborhood was full of wealthy Germans who needed a spot to entertain and relax.
"The beer garden really is a natural extension of the history of Grand Prospect Hall," Hay said. “We had the space, so we were like, 'Why not?' When this place first operated Brooklyn was a real beer empire so it’s like coming full circle."
The beer list includes 24 craft brews mostly from New York state and a few German imports. The German-inspired menu includes pretzels, bratwurst, schnitzel, pierogies and cheese platters.
Halkias, who took over the property in the early 1980s, had once hoped to build a hotel next to Grand Prospect Hall, but Hay said that idea is on hold while the owners concentrate on their new beer garden.