When Kenny and LeAnn Weiss temporarily closed their German restaurant for renovations in July, they initially only thought it would be for a month or so. 

“We would see (projects) and think ‘this is going to take us a day,'” LeAnn said. “And then its like ‘no this is going to take you three (days).'”

“Both of us had that ‘oh this is going to be easy attitude,'” Kenny said. 

But for six months, Weiss’ Gasthaus dining room in Roseland remained closed, offering carryout and catering when they could and learning just how long renovations and construction can actually take. 

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“I swear I was changing our voicemail and the sign on the door every month, saying (we’re opening) next month, next month, next month,” LeAnn said. “We really didn’t anticipate it taking so long, but I come from a sales background and he comes from a cooking background, so we are not DIY home renovation people.”

Now, six months later, the German restaurant at 115 N. Dixie Way will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 5, sporting a fresh coat of paint, new floors and two entirely new features to their space. 

In this 2014 file photo, Weiss' Gasthaus owners Kenny Weiss, left, and Christine Weiss pose for a portrait at the restaurant in Roseland.

Kenny Weiss opened Weiss’ Gasthaus with his German-born mother Christine in 2013, offering traditional German dishes, like homemade schnitzel, spaetzle, beef rouladen and sausage and kraut. Christine passed in May 2019 and Kenny kept the restaurant going, but contemplated closing it down. 

“We were kind of in a holding pattern, as to what to do with the place and what we were going to do,” Kenny said. “After my mother’s death, … I thought it was time to stop. But the way life works where, if you go with the flow, sometimes it’ll just take you where you’re supposed to be. So that’s kind of what happened to us.”