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Beethoven's has returned off Park Square
By: Brian McCauley, bmccauley@miconews.com

A little more than a year after Beethoven's Restaurant
closed its doors just off the northwest corner of Paola's
Park Square, the Poetter family has leapt back into the
restaurant business, opening Beethoven's No. 9 next
door.

Most of the German specialty items that became a
staple in Paola at Beethoven's are back on the menu at
Beethoven's No. 9, Hannes Poetter said.

Poetter, who still owns the former Beethoven's
Restaurant building at 120 W. Peoria St., where El
Tapatio Mexican Restaurant now operates, also owns
the two neighboring buildings at 110 and 108 W. Peoria
St.

Murray's TV operated out of the structure for about 50
years, and the business's name still is displayed on the
outside. Poetter said the building itself dates back to
the late 1800s.

Poetter and his family tried to keep the history in mind
as they jumped into the daunting task of transforming
the aging structure into a top-of-the-line restaurant that
still maintains a small-town feel.

The kitchen is filled with state-of-the-art equipment, but
some of the buildings' past shines through in the
interior design, which features bathroom doors
designed after the original barn-like doors inside the
building as well as a framed square section of wall in
the dining area featuring the original paint and building
material.

Poetter said the renovation process took almost four
months and required the help of many people and
businesses, including neighboring El Tapatio, which
allowed him to store material during the process.

Poetter said he has received help from his wife, Ulrike,
son Frederick and daughter, Samantha, but he
emphasized that his son Patrick has really taken the
lead in the operation.

The sweat and long hours paid off last week, when the
new restaurant quietly opened its doors Thursday.

Poetter said he was surprised by the large turnout,
most of whom found out about the opening by word of
mouth.

“It was great. We missed having that contact with
people,” Poetter said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday. Poetter said the limited
hours will allow them to limit the number of employees
needed and give them time to focus on catering
commitments.

German favorites, such as beef stroganoff and
bratwurst, are back on the menu, along with some new
items, including weisswurst and nuernberger bratwurst.
Certified Angus steaks, salad, seafood, burgers and
sandwiches also are available.

Although the restaurant is now open, the Poetters
aren't finished with their design plans.

The family is busy designing a country store in the
building adjoining Beethoven's No. 9, where visitors can
shop for homemade items while enjoying some German
cookies, candies or red cabbage and sauerkraut,
Poetter said.

The family also plans to fix up the rear of the building,
and provide outdoor seating. Poetter said he hopes the
rear entrance will become the primary one, so that
people will park in the back lot, leaving Peoria Street
parking for existing businesses.

“We don't want to compete with El Tap and Emery
(Steakhouse),” Poetter said. “Hopefully, we can help
each other out.”
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Beethoven's No. 9
The Restaurant
    110 W. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071   (913) 294 3000
    open:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11am to 9pm