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German restaurateur bounces back
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Anka Hinze, owner of the Zum Rosenhof German restaurant in Hinesville, poses with her family. From left: Anka’s husband, David Hinze, and their 7-year-old twins, Vivian and David Jr. - photo by Photo provided.
Name: Anka Hinze

Occupation: Owner of Zum Rosenhof, a German restaurant at 103 Midway St. in downtown Hinesville.

You are originally from Germany. What is the name of your hometown? Bad-Kreuznach.

How long have you been in the restaurant business?
“We’ve had the restaurant for nearly three years. We came to the states five years ago.”

Tell me about your family. “My husband David, who is active duty with the 4th Brigade at Fort Stewart, and I have four children: Jennifer, 22; Jamie, 21; and 7-year-old twins, Vivian, and David Jr.
Anka said she adores her children, but having an active set of twins can be a challenge.
“One goes one way, one goes the other,” she said.

What is your favorite or most rewarding part of your job? “I love everything about it. I just love running the restaurant. We want our customers to come in, relax and have a nice, leisurely dinner. We don’t rush people out. We always have a good time.”

What is your least favorite part of the job? “I don’t really have a least favorite part. There is nothing not to like about it.”

Your restaurant has bounced back after a fire damaged it last year. What happened?
“We were told that a battery operated candle started the fire. The fire happened on Dec. 4, 2008, in the middle of the night. The fire started just a week and a half after we had finished renovating the restaurant. It was confined to the bar area. One of our cooks discovered it when our staff opened the restaurant for business early that morning. There was a lot of soot and smoke. It took two and a half months to clean up after the fire. We reopened on Feb. 19, 2009. Since then, we have been doing well and are very happy with the restaurant.” 

Along with your employees, does your family help work in the restaurant?
“My oldest daughter, Jennifer, works with me at the restaurant while she attends college at Armstrong Atlantic State University. My husband, David, also helps when he can. He’s very handy and can fix things.”

Your restaurant is a primary supporter and focus for the Oktoberfest to be held in Hinesville Oct. 16-17. Why did you get involved?
“Oktoberfest is a big German event and we thought it would be fun to have it here in Hinesville. I got together with Vicki Davis from the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and we put the event together.  The restaurant will be serving food that day. We will have fabulous, live entertainment. Manuela Horn is so talented and she is such fun to be around. She is a comedienne and she yodels. Manuela was on “America’s Got Talent” this past year. And we have Kerry Christensen, who also yodels.”
In addition to Horn and Christensen, Anka said country singer Cody Walden, a native of Liberty County, and the German band The Rhinelanders of Savannah also will perform.

Oktoberfest will be in downtown Hinesville from 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 16, and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
There will be yodeling, a raffle, German karaoke, dancing, kids’ games, a beer tent and vendors.
For more information, call 876-2191.
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