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Plans taking shape to bring Lowbrau, a German beer hall, to former Lounge on 20 space

A deal is in the works to bring a German beer hall with a modern twist to the former Lounge on 20 space at 20th and K streets.

Called Lowbrau, one of the business partners, Michael Hargis, explained that it’s a fresh take on a Bavarian beer hall.

Some of the classic Bavarian elements are planned to be incorporated, such as long communal tables, a healthy selection of imported German and Belgian beers, and imported sausages for the food menu.

“It’s a play off the German beer halls,” Hargis said. “It’s not going to be uber-German, and the name Lowbrau kind of shows that we’re not taking ourselves too seriously.”

Since the deal is not finalized, details at this point are scant. Hargis said he will be able to share more information if the deal is struck and he’s able to get into the space.

Despite some rustic German elements, Hargis said modern design cues will be a fit for the Midtown area.

The idea was partly inspired by other businesses with similar concepts – Wurstküche in Los Angeles and Suppenküche in San Francisco – and Hargis said he hopes Lowbrau will see the same success in Sacramento.

In Germany, the beer hall is a communal gathering place, and the communal tables encourage strangers to get to know each other over a half-liter or liter of beer. Hargis said he hopes Lowbrau will be able to provide a similar sense of connectivity to the community at 20th and K streets.

Hargis stressed that the deal has yet to be struck, so at this point it is still in the planning stages and is not a sure thing. The Sacramento Press will continue to follow developments with the business and the former Lounge on 20 space.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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