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.
After six successful years operating Grünauer restauraunt in Kansas City, The Grünauer family is proud to announce the addition of a new concept, Grünauer Bistro, to our restaurant portfolio. The Upper East Side of Manhattan has a long and storied Germanic culture and history. Grünauer Bistro is our attempt to resurrect the culture and tradition of Germanic food in a neighborhood that once was home to over 200 central and eastern European establishments.
Grünauer Bistro follows in the footsteps of our Kansas City operation by offering classic Viennese dishes while adding some more refined and nouveau items to round out a menu where authenticity is paramount.
Peter Grünauer was a waiter at Peter Luger from 1971 to 1973, followed by stints at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, as food and beverage manager, and later at Regines in New York, also as food and beverage manager. In 1979 Peter was joined by Karl Zartler, who was his partner in the creation and operation of Vienna 79, a sixty-five seat fine dining restaurant located on 791th Street on New York’s Upper East Side. Vienna 79 was awarded four stars by food critic Mimi Sheraton, writing for The New York Times. Peter and Karl operated Vienna 79 until it was sold in 1988.
Since that time, Peter has played a variety of roles in the hospitality business, primarily as a food broker and a food and restaurant consultant, which he continues to pursue at the present time. Peter is author of Viennese Nouvelle Cuisine, published by Doubleday in 1987.