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Two German Village restaurants quietly closed; historic building they resided in now for lease

Two German Village restaurants quietly closed; historic building they resided in now for lease

Sav McKee

A cozy, European-inspired restaurant that served food you’d find in taverns in the Alps, and its adjacent tapas sister restaurant, has quietly closed their doors. The building is now up for lease for anyone who would like to continue its legacy.

When A.J. Ndreu opened both Alpine and El Lugar in 2018, they quickly became popular spots for the German Village crowd, garnering notoriety for the beautiful interior in Alpine, and the sophisticated patio at El Lugar. 

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Both restaurants resided in the former Juergen’s Bakery at 525 S. 4th St., a German Village staple for over 50 years, which abruptly closed their doors in 2018 without comment.

It appears Alpine and El Lugar have faced the same fate. Both restaurants are officially closed, and the space has been gutted to make way for a new restaurant, bakery, or retail space.

The real estate agent for the 525 S. 4th St. space said that the family who ran Juergen’s still owns the property, and they’re looking for someone to lease the building. He said it would be the perfect space for another restaurant. You can take a look at the listing here!

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