My sister just sent me an email. The Hofbrau's gone. Even though it was more recently known as Penn Station, it will always remain in the hearts of the countless barflies who passed through its doors each morning as The Hofbrau.
"Gone" as in bulldozed. To the ground. It's dead. Nicht mehr. Bleeding deceased.
I worked (and lived) at the Hofbrau back in the early to mid-1980s along with my ex-wife and ex-girlfriend and a cast of characters including world famous bartender Mary Schwering, Owners Skip and Danny. Pepper "Stinkfoot," the midget bartender and many more.
I noticed that flags are at half-staff. Fitting is what I say.
(Anyone have any photos of this fine establishment?)