Mr. Dunderbak's: Oktoberfest Year Round

Schnitzel and a pilsner, coming right up.

Dunderbak's, 2019
University Mall,was a very different place in the 70's. Disco was still raging (probably), bell bottoms were considered cool (I imagine), and Dunderbak's was a franchise store with over 30 locations, one of which was located in University Mall (fact). Of the original 30 stores, three remain. Lucky for us, one of those three stores is right here in Tampa. In 1997, the current owners bought the University location and turned it into a new type of restaurant. One that fuses traditional German foods with American favorites. The beer list grew, and in 2016, Dunderbrau opened (joining a growing list of craft breweries). In 2019, Dunderbak's now serves over 500 different beers by the bottle, 65 on their draft list, their menu is as diverse as one could hope for, and they host weekly homebrew meetings. As a matter of fact, they seemingly have something going on every day of the week! But that's not why you came here…

BREAKING: Hillsborough County Votes to Relocate Confederate Monument

The controversial monument now has a new home.

Monument in its current location, 2017

Hillsborough County has found a new home for the controversial confederate monument next to the county courthouse in Downtown Tampa. The new location will be located at the Brandon Family Cemetery in Brandon, Fl. The vote was a 4-2 in favor of the move. Hillsborough County commissioners Hagan and White were the only two to oppose the move. 

The other side, 2017

Half the battle was finding a location that suited the monument. Mayor Bob Buckhorn made it clear to Hillsborough County that the placement of the monument in Downtown Tampa would hinder our message of diversity, and the original location (Oaklawn Cemetery) was off the table because of it's proximity to primarily African-American establishments. The Brandon Family Cemetery reached out to the commissioners for relocation as the family has a history with the confederate army, thus removing the statue from public land and moving it onto private property.

The text, 2017

The biggest advantage to the move comes from the cemetery vowing to take care of the monument, thus removing the cost from the tax payers. It should also make for a good compromise among both parties as the statue no longer rests just outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and the statue will still be available for viewing in the public eye. 

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