Szemerszky’s Beer Garden Opens

Cleveland icon Sterle’s Country House opens Szemerszky’s beer garden Friday
By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer 

Sterle’s Country House — 1401 East 55th St., Cleveland — will roll out a taste of that good life when it opens Szemerszky’s Friday. The Euro-styled Biergarten, located behind the iconic Cleveland eatery, also features grilled meats and live music by Fred Ziwich.

“We’re doing a special menu and we’ll be making it right out here in back,” says owner Rick Semersky. “People can also buy food in the restaurant and bring it outside.”

The menu features a sausage sandwich, a BBQ Pulled Veal Po-Boy and kabobs, as well as beers made by Sprecher Brewery in Milwaukee.

“We’re taking their beers and renaming them for here,” says Semersky. In other words, there’s the Sterle’s Light, Munkin Weizen, Kindsvater Lager and others.

The grand-opening bash starts at 4 p.m. Friday. Szemerszky’s will be open 4-10 p.m. Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Semersky, who named it after the original spelling of his family name, is trying to provide a more modern take on the Old World.