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Grand Prospect Hall Opening Massive Beer Garden

By Leslie Albrecht | July 16, 2015 5:34pm | Updated on July 17, 2015 5:23pm
 Grand Prospect Hall is opening an outdoor beer garden on July 17.
Grand Prospect Hall is opening an outdoor beer garden on July 17.
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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.