Construction is already underway for a new German beer garden in on the corner of East 4th and Sycamore streets in Waterloo.

"Gemütlichkeit", is a German word encompassing the idea of a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness and good cheer. That's what downtown Waterloo developer Jim Walsh hopes to create this sort of fun and fellowship for the people of the Cedar Valley. Walsh plans on having the garden open Friday through Sunday starting in May. Visitors can bring their own food and sit at long shared tables, just like traditional German beer gardens. They will also be able to enjoy live music and entertainment under the gazebo.

A small building with counter service, inside a fenced outdoor area, called Anton’s Garden, named after Walsh’s maternal great-grandfather, who emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1852, will serve traditional German food and beer, along with other beverages.

The addition of this beer garden, is perfect timing to coincide with this summer's Irish Fest expanding south down East 4th Street, turning on Sycamore, right in front of the park.

The beer garden's season will go through September, and will end with an "OctoberFest" celebration. Then it will be disassembled for winter, so Newton’s Park can be used for the annual Christmas tree.

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