about Us



Opened in February of 2013, Rhein Haus (formerly Von Trapp’s) is Capitol Hill’s very own 10,000 square-foot slice of Bavaria. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann filled the renovated 1940’s candy factory with burly bier hall antiques from across Europe to create a genuine feel and an outstanding space. Authentic Bavarian fare—house-made sausages and pretzels—are accompanied by 24 drafts featuring both European and Northwestern beers. In addition to the main dining room, an 80-seat bier hall, 53 bar seats, an intimate fire den, and two mezzanines encircle the five indoor bocce ball courts. An outdoor biergarten offers sunny seating, a fire pit and an additional bocce court, as well as another bar.

Bocce ball courts are available to rent by the hour and in conjunction with event space rentals.

JAMES WEIMANN & Deming maclise

owner / designers

Each with their own separate ventures, James and Deming first partnered to open Bastille in 2009, a Parisian-inspired restaurant in Ballard. The success of that opening solidified their partnership, and the subsequent development of JWD4 Design, a consulting partnership that specializes on the design, layout and atmosphere development for restaurants, cafés, hotels, bars and breweries. The opening of Poquitos was borne from their collective desire to offer authentic presentations of Mexican cuisine in a space designed with the Spanish colonial aesthetics of Mexico in mind. Together with their business partners, they have gone on to open Macleod’s Fish & Chips and Scottish Pub, three Rhein Haus locations, Stoneburner, and Beer Star. 

rich & courtney fox
Dustin Watson & matt Fundingsland

 operating owners

Rich & Courtney and Matt & Dustin, close friends and all longtime restaurant managers & bartenders, were able to fulfill a dream of opening a restaurant together with the creation of Poquitos. Since opening Poquitos in 2011 they have gone on to open three Rhein Haus locations in Seattle, Denver, and Tacoma; Macleod's Scottish Pub with partner Alan Macleod; Poquitos Bothell, and most recently Southside Pizza Pie located within Beer Star in White Center. 

Pete Fjosne


In 2010, Fjosne joined the team at Bastille Café & Bar as sous chef under Jason Stoneburner. In the fall of 2012, Bastille's owners, James Weimann and Deming Maclise, offered Fjosne the job as executive chef of Rhein Haus, their new German-style beer hall with indoor bocce ball.

Fjosne headed off to Germany for a 2 months of researching sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, and all things Bavarian. Fjosne's hearty sausage program makes 150 to 250 pounds of all-natural, classic Bavarian sausages each day along with weekly small-batch specials. In 2015 Fjosne opened Rhein Haus Denver, and in 2017 opened the 3rd Rhein Haus in Tacoma, WA. He has appeared on the Cooking Channel's Unique Eats, Top Chef Season 15 "Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel," and Travel Channel's Food Paradise Season 11, Episode 4 "Brew-Haha".

jeremy walcott

general manager

Jeremy Walcott has worked at Rhein Haus Seattle since it's opening in 2013. He hosts the weekly Meat Raffle Monday and loves to get on the mic during all live events and getting to know the Rhein Haus regulars. Originally from Louisiana, Jeremy has worked in the hospitality industry for 12 years as a restaurant manager at Applebee's and General Manager at Boom Noodle in Capitol Hill. He is a life-long Cowboys fan and has been memorialized forever with his own bobblehead.

molly pluger

event & operations manager

Molly Pluger is the Event Manager at Rhein Haus Seattle and oversees operations at both Rhein Haus Seattle and Rhein Haus Tacoma. She books and oversees all corporate and social events that take place year-round at Rhein Haus Seattle. Molly has worked at Rhein Haus since 2013 and has 15+ years experience managing restaurants. 




912 12th Ave, 

Seattle, WA 98122