[ Die Geschichte ]
Nearly 60 years ago, the present-day Schneithorst’s Hofamberg Inn took up residence at Lindbergh and Clayton roads. It was the culmination of the founder, Arthur B. Schneithorst, Jr.’s dreams: a place where outstanding food and service could come together in an atmosphere equally suited to business and family dining / entertainment. But the present-day Schneithorst’s isn’t the beginning of the story.
For that, we have to return to 1917 when his father, Arthur Schneithorst, Sr. started Benish’s Restaurant at Eighth and Olive downtown. Arthur Jr. recalls eating at the downtown family restaurant every day until the Depression years finally closed its doors. His father reentered the restaurant business by opening the Rock Grill at 204 N. Eighth St. Arthur Jr. was in law school at the time, but it wasn’t long before he joined his father in the family business.
In 1937, the family took over the Bevo Mill, where Arthur Jr. got his first real taste of the Bavarian dining experience. When his father passed away in 1947, Arthur Jr. and his mother continued running the Bevo Mill until 1955. In the meantime, Arthur Jr. was successfully operating the separate restaurant business, handling the airport food and restaurant concession business, as well as food operations at seven Holiday Inns.
Then came 1956, the year the Hofamberg Inn was born. “I was always in the right place at the right time,” Arthur Jr. recalls. he purchased the land for the inn at arguably the busiest intersection in St. Louis. The location, along with the uniquely Bavarian menu and exceptional service, proved to be big factors in the restaurant’s success.
While Schneithorst’s is known for its Bavarian atmosphere and menu, the restaurant continues to add new, lighter dishes, serving seafood and chicken as well as the traditional weinerschnitzel and sauerbraten.
Today the fourth generation of the restaurant dynasty is carrying on the family tradition of good food and service in a warm atmosphere.
While new ideas ensure Schneithorst’s will always keep pace with today’s restaurant goers, one thing will never change... a sincere desire to make your visit memorable. “We build this business by making friends... friends for life.”
From the Schneithorst family to yours, many thanks for your friendship through the years.