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Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is located at the North end of Helen GA, overlooking the Chattahoochee River in the North Georgia Mountains. The GI Germany Pub is designed with the authentic feel, as you would find in an American Pub on a base in Germany, right down to the green color! The food is authentic to old German Gasthavs, along with the taste of many American dishes. All of our beef is Certified Angus Beef. Becuase of their uncompromising standards, you are ensured it is a cut above the USDA Prime, Choice or Select, making it the best tasting beef available.

Guten Appetit!

Alpine Helen - The Beginning

In January 1969, three Helen businessmen, Jim Wilkins, Pete Hodkinson and Bob Fowler, met in a local restaurant and began discussing the idea of refurbishing the town to entice tourists to stop on their way north to the mountains. Hodkinson consulted an acquaintance for ideas, artist John Kollock from Clarkesville, whose family had deep roots in the area. Agreeing to draw up some sketches, Kollock knew almost immediately what he would propose. When he had been stationed in the Army in Germany, he had become fascinated with the similarity between the Bavarian mountains and those in North Georgia. Kollock drew many sketches of Alpine villages he saw, including detailed renderings of the trim, features and colors used, believing ebullient style was the perfect backdrop for tourists. “How great,” he recalled “if there could be some spot in our mountains that could reflect this image for the vacationer.” 

With the spirit of local entrepreneurship and a demonstration of civic cooperation, together united a dying lumber town and became Georgia’s third most visited city. Some of J.