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The Phoenix Saloon Timeline

1871 John Sippel completes the original two story building
1872-1875 Schumacher Brewery in basement
1872–1873 Hohmann & Meier Saloon & Billiard Room
1873–1875 Hohmann Saloon
1875-1877 Kronkosky Saloon
1877-1877 Hohmann & Ludwig Saloon
1877-1881 Ludwig Saloon
1881-1885 Krause Saloon & Billiard Hall
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Phoenix rising…

The old Phoenix Saloon served beer, wine and spirits. The beer (mainly Pearl and Lone Star from San Antonio) was sold in 5 cent mugs, 10 cent schooners and long-stemmed glasses.
There was also chili (courtesy of Willie Gebhardt) in his famous back-room Phoenix Cafe.
One of the earliest proprietors of the bar, Lorenz Kronkosky, was nicknamed “Wusch” because of the sound the plunger ...
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Willie’s Dream...

The William Gebhardt family, like scores of other German families, settled in New Braunfels, Texas shortly after Texas gained its independence from Mexico.
In the late 1800’s, Willie owned and operated a small hole-in-the-wall cafe behind Mittendorf’s Saloon (renamed the Phoenix Saloon after a fire in 1894). He had made several trips to San Antonio, and was intrigued by the spicy food served in...
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The World’s First Chili Powder!

In the late 1600’s, Canary Islanders settled in old La Villita just outside the Mission San Antonio de Bajar (known today as The Alamo). All their lives they had been accustomed to preparing stews and curries in the Canary Islands. Here in the New World their familiar spices and seasonings were unavailable. So, they used the spices and seasonings native to the area… Mexican Ancho peppers, oregano, onions, garlic and other natives ...
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Chili is coming home...

Chili is known and loved the world over. There are many different styles, varieties and recipes, but Texas chili is the original and the best.
No beans. No fuss. No argument....
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The Georges
The Beaumonts
Adam Johnson & The Pay Me's
Rodney Hayden
Scott H Biram
Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band
Javi Garcia & The Cold Cold Ground
Rick Sanford Band
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193 W. San Antonio St, New Braunfels TX 78130. Just off the Plaza in the heart of historic downtown. Click here for map