I was startled by a message from Elena, whose alarm-clock tone of voice announced Ulrich's is under construction. I too would be upset if it is to be remodeled to look like a modern restaurant. I don't have feelings about most eating establishments - but to me, Ulrich's is the Grand Dame of traditional cusine. Its cosmetic wrinkles are like those of a mature woman whose face radiates classic beauty.
Off to Ulrich's, I reacted to Elena's message as I would if she told me my grandmother was getting a facelift. I love her looks just the way they are.
Ulrich's opened in 1868 - eight years before General Custer rode to his death at the Little Big Horn. It evolved from tavern, to speakeasy ("blind pig"); to what it is today, a German restaurant with an Irish pub--featuring feisty music of Irish and German rebellions --and Guinness on tap that is a sweet as mother's milk.
Babe Ruth dined there in 1921 and suggested that a dish be named after his waitress: "Hot Buffalo."
Ulrich's owners, Jim Daley, Jr. and his wife, Mimi, assured me that the remodeling will restore Ulrich's to a 1920s look.
After taking some photos of the remodeling in progress, I sampled the food (Bratwurst, potato salad and sauerkraut). I was satisfied the food is delicious as ever. Next time, I'll try the "Hot Buffalo." If the ghost of "The Babe" was with me, I suspect would have named another dish after my waitress, Sandy: "Classic Buffalo". Her warm welcome and smiling attention made me realize that the food and the feelings of Ulrich's are so wonderful, I'll forgive a tasteful renovation of its looks.