Terry and Gabi Ryan bought their house in 1993 and started remodeling it into a restaurant.
“We tried not to disturb the integrity of the house,” Ryan said.
All of the crown moldings, casings, light fixtures, door handles were left alone, he said. The kitchen and bathroom area was remodeled and a wall removed between two small bedrooms which created a large dining room.
The original fireplace greets customers in the huge front room and a patio was added.
“You have to have an outdoor dining area if you are living on the lake,” Ryan said.
Ryan tells his customers that German cuisine has been part of his diet for 37 years.
“We just transferred our home kitchen to the restaurant’s kitchen,” Ryan said.
Opening up a German restaurant in Grove was initially a hard sell for the community, he said.
“We continue our marketing efforts to attract locals to the restaurant,” Ryan said.
Rheingarten was awarded outstanding restaurant on Grand Lake by the Grand Lake Association and the Integris Foundation Taste of Grand honored the restaurant with its “Best Ethnic Restaurant and its President’s Award.