New Mainstrasse Restaurant to Open for Oktoberfest
Mainstrasse Village will add another destination to its booming menu of restaurants just in time for its largest annual festival, Oktoberfest. Piper's is an ambitious cafe that hopes to anchor a new concept called Hamelin Square at the northeast corner of Sixth and Philadelphia Streets. Part internet cafe, part business center, part art gallery, and part ice cream shop with lots of good eats, too, Piper's will boast a menu this weekend of 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, and shakes, goetta Guinness chili, all natural/all beef hot dogs, and artisan soft drinks. Owners Chip Adkins and Charles Killian have worked all summer on the project. Improvements to the property which already houses a magic shop and a photographer's studio include the addition of central air conditioning in the main house, and extensive interior repairs, restoration and remodeling in the main house. A new deck and spiral staircase provide access to the carriage house's second floor. A press release issued by the pair last month described the full menu:
The basic menu includes hamburgers made from single source, no antibiotic, no hormone, grass fed cattle, provided by the humane operations at Marksbury Farms in Lancaster, Kentucky. Naturally ﬂavored, cane sugar sweetened artisan soft drinks such as Virgil’s and Jones will be featured, along with newcomer healthier refreshments like Switch, and Sparkling Ice. The all natural, all beef hot dogs are made with minimum sodium added, and only that which comes naturally from celery and sea salt.
That is only the beginning for the different approach at Piper’s. Signature menu items like hot dogs, hamburgers and Goetta Guinness Chili will always be available, but fresh fruit and vegetable inspired feature sandwich recipes, sides, or salads will change with the weather. A new chicken salad recipe might be great for next summer, but look for fresh roast beef with Kentucky made, unpasteurized cheese melted on top this winter. Natural cut, fresh “rat tail french fries” will also be a staple in the Piper’s kitchen soon. A breakfast menu is planned for launch in October.Piper’s Cafe is strictly a carry out operation, but tables and chairs will be provided in the tree shaded garden, and on the deck. For telecommuters and folks that just want to hang out on nice days, secure, high speed wiﬁ is available for a nominal charge.