The Grünauer family has owned and operated a traditional Austrian restaurant/gasthaus in Vienna for over 60 years. Peter grew up working in and around the restaurant before bringing his knowledge and passion for Austrian cuisine, culture, and life to New York City in the 1980s. There he owned and operated several Austrian restaurants including the New York Times 4-star rated restaurant Vienna 79.
While in New York he had 2 children, Elisabeth and Nicholas, with a Kansas City native Lynne. Elisabeth and Nicholas spent a considerable portion of their childhood in Austria at the family restaurant and quickly began to share the family’s passion for the business.
Grünauer restaurant is Elisabeth and Nicholas’s attempt to re-create their family’s storied Austrian restaurant in Vienna’s 7th district in the city they know and love, Kansas City. Vienna’s 7th district is known as the cultural and artistic center of the city and close to the historic opera house. The Grünauer family could think of no better place to open their restaurant than the Crossroads Arts District just moments away from the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
With the help of some of the most talented restaurant people in the city and via connections in Vienna and NYC, we are very proud of our work so far, but are constantly trying to improve our product. At the root of our business we are still a family owned and operated restaurant, and want this to shine through in every experience. You will notice, that while there are certain things that will never change (dedication, hospitality, authenticity), we are a constantly evolving entity in our effort to deliver the most superior and authentic product available.