Haus Murphy’s celebrates milestone

German restaurant has been serving downtown Glendale for 24 years
By: 
CARY HINES, Assistant editor

Photo by Cary Hines
Owner and Chef Brett Hoffman and sous chef Christopher Kand cook for the lunch crowd Aug. 30 at Haus Murphy’s in downtown Glendale. The German eatery just celebrated its 24th anniversary.

Photo by Cary Hines
Mary Jane and David Smead sit down to lunch Aug. 30 at Haus Murphy’s in downtown Glendale. The Las Cruces, N.M., couple said they eat at the German restaurant every time they drive through the Valley.

“Right place, right time. Good food and you treat your customers well.”

That’s Brett Hoffman’s secret to success.

Hoffman and his wife, Rose, own Haus Murphy’s in downtown Glendale. The German eatery just celebrated its 24th anniversary Aug. 17.

When Haus Murphy’s first opened, it was down the street from its present location.

“When we first started, we were down the street in a 1,200-square-foot building,” Hoffman said, adding the space was split equally between the kitchen and dining room.

About eight years later, the restaurant moved to 5739 W. Glendale Ave. and more than doubled in size.

“It was a big upgrade,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman runs the kitchen while his wife, who grew up in Bavaria, Germany, runs the front of the business. He said his grandmothers began teaching him to cook when he was about 7 years old.

“They both were excellent cooks,” he said. “They did everything from scratch. They made their own breads, they made everything.”

He said he’s always wanted to cook.

“It was just something I wanted to do,” he said. “When the other kids were out playing, I was in the kitchen with my grandmother. It’s way more fun to cook and eat.”

He’s been cooking ever since, working in one capacity or another in the restaurant business all over the country, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

During his travels, he’s also trained under chefs from Berlin and Paris.

These days, he gets to Haus Murphy’s at about 5 a.m. every day except Monday when the restaurant is closed.

“It’s very hard to make,” he said of authentic German food. “It’s very labor intensive. That’s why you don’t see 50 million German restaurants. We’re in here early in the morning every day making everything, the Spätzle, the sauerkraut, the red cabbage, everything is done, and it’s all done to order. Schnitzels are done to order, nothing’s precooked, nothing’s pre-done.”

He said people love German fare because it’s “comfort food.”

“It’s kind of like southern food, a little different,” he said.

The restaurant carries German beers only, with about 10 different selections on tap at any given time. The Hoffmans personally choose the beers.

“I’ve been to all the breweries. I know the brew masters. I know the guys who run the breweries,” Hoffman said. “We go over there, they come over here. We’ve known them for years, so I’m very familiar with all the beers and all the breweries. My wife and I hand pick each one. We know which beer’s what, what’s good, what’s not, what to stay away from. Because not all German beers are good.”

He said the notion of serving German beer at room temperature is a misconception.

“When everyone says room temperature, back in the day, down in the cellars, everything was kept down there because it was a constant 40 degrees, give or take, and that’s where that came from, room temperature, down in the cellar,” he said. “So nobody ever really drinks warm beer.”

The restaurant also features the Haus Oompah Band every Friday and Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

“They’ve been coming for a long time,” Hoffman said. “They love it, they go from room to the room, and then the biergarten when the weather’s better, and do all the favorite songs, the singalongs, they do happy birthday, and all that stuff.”

The biergarten is behind the restaurant and is a favorite area of guests when the weather cools down, Hoffman said.

“As soon as the weather cools off, the biergarten fills up and it just gets nuts,” he said. “Everybody loves it.”

Haus Murphy’s is offering Kilt Lifter biers for $1 each with the purchase of a Kilt Lifter brat meal during Kilt Lifter’s BratOberFest during the month of September.

For Oktoberfest, a band will fly in from Germany and play the first three weekends in October.

“They come every year,” Hoffman said. “They’ve been coming I think now for about 11 years, give or take.”

He said the restaurant offers a special menu during Oktoberfest.

“We’re one of the only Oktoberfests where you actually get waited on,” Hoffman said. “You don’t have to get up and stand in line.”

Haus Murphy’s is open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on Haus Murphy’s, including a complete menu and calendar of specials, visit https://www.hausmurphys.com/.

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