By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Waiting for the new German restaurant to open in Keizer Station?
You’ll have to wait just a little longer.
Gustav’s German restaurants had originally planned to open its 5,500 square foot Bargarten this month. As work continues, that date has been pushed back.
“The target date for opening is mid-April,” Kyle Mallory with Koopman Ostbo told the Keizertimes last week.
Last March, officials with Portland-based Gustav’s signed a lease with California-based Donahue Schriber for space on the corner of Ulali Drive and Stadium Drive in Keizer Station, between Men’s Wearhouse and McDonald’s. Benner Stange Associates Architects, designer of many Keizer Station buildings, was hired as architect of the new restaurant.
Suzeanne Mager, owner and president of Gustav’s, estimated six to eight months for construction when asked for a timeline last spring.
“We’re hoping for a February 2015 opening,” Mager said last May.
The delay doesn’t seem to have diluted Mager’s enthusiasm in the project.
“We’re looking forward to unveiling Bargarten, our modern German concept, in Keizer Station,” Mager said last week. “With a host of other exciting businesses, a baseball team nearby and a growing Salem and Keizer-area demographic, we think this new concept will give people something exciting to enjoy time and again.”
There will be a public hearing for liquor license approval for Gustav’s at the Keizer City Council meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 17. Construction has appeared to be moving along rapidly.
Last May, Mager said she looked as far north as Seattle and as far south as the Eugene area before deciding to build in Keizer Station. This is the company’s fifth restaurant, but the first new one in 10 years.
“It’s been a while in the works,” Mager said at the time. “We’re looking forward to something new. vice president of operations (Rene Briede) and I have spent the last year traveling and researching, evaluating what we wanted to do with Gustav’s. We evaluated what the brand looks like and where to go.”
Mager liked what she saw in Keizer Station.
“The development is great,” she said. “The Salem area has been hungry for something updated and newer. A lot of operators there have moved from other sites. When they moved to Keizer Station, sales went up and outperformed their business plans and continue to do so. Plus they have great anchors there like Target, the REI and the (Kaiser Permanente) medical facility. They are national brands that have a lot of resources to understand demographics and do their homework.”