The Schmankerl Stube Bavarian restaurant is a staple of downtown Hagerstown, with a loyal following. While many of customers are from the local area, others travel from the Washington DC, and Baltimore metro areas to experience the authentic Bavarian cuisine and dining experience. After 30 years of operation, it was time to renovate the existing dining area and expand their operation to accommodate their growing popularity.
The current restaurant is lauded for its authenticity, but the kitchen and restrooms have become inadequate, with dated finishes in the dining area. To resolve these issues, MSB Architects planned a large addition, in conjunction with a reconfiguration of the existing space. First, the kitchen was expanded into one of the dining areas, creating a space with better work flows for the chef and staff. The addition will more than double “The Stube’s” dining space.
The name Schmankerl Stube was chosen because it roughly means Bavarian delicacies in a cozy room, so it was critical the design expanded his dining but maintained the cozy feeling. Rather than provide large dining areas, several smaller cozier areas were created. Several areas can be isolated by doors for events and not disturb the regular patrons. Much of the existing interior fenestrations were incorporated into the expanded dining areas including a multi-story stairway with carved railings in the Bavarian style.