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The first keg at the new Beer Hall of Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square will be tapped on Friday.
Up to 700 customers at a time can enjoy German fare in the hall, which is situated in the the Biergarten that's behind the main catering building and restaurant. The hall includes free WiFi, a geothermal heating and cooling system, an indoor stage, and an expanded menu of German specialties.
Live music will continue on Friday nights. German beer will be on tap. Plattduetsche's own kolsch brew, made by the Long Ireland Beer Company of Riverhead, also will be poured
A $22.95 German buffet will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. Oktoberfest celebrations are slated for weekends through Oct. 20, with oompah bands.
In spring, summer and early autumn, picnic-table seating will be set up outside the new hall, with table service and self-serve available.
During demolition, an early 20th century bowling alley was uncovered under the flooring. The lanes have been remade into dining tables. Original plank flooring also was salvaged, planed, and has been reused as wainscoting. Guests also will be able to use wooden benches from Oktoberfests past in Munich.
Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131.