After a little over a year in business, Beaverton tavern Watson Hall is getting a menu revamp and a new name. Owners Jana and Paul DeCarli, who own the popular DeCarli Italian restaurant around the corner, are transitioning Watson Hall into American Brat Haus. Although the new name has a somewhat German bent, they say the inspiration comes from Paul's sausage-making grandfather, Pietro DeCarli, who worked for San Francisco's Molinari and Sons for 12 years.
"Sausages carry me back to my childhood, when I would go to my grandparent's house for Sunday dinner, finding salamis and prosciuttos air-drying from the trees while my Nonno was in the back of his salami shack casing charcuteries," he says in a press release. "On Saturday mornings we would jump in his 1969 Nova Gold, what I referred to as the ‘sausage mobile', and head to North Beach selling sausages and salami to the neighborhood businesses."
Although the restaurant's signage hasn't changed yet, the new menu is already in place, with a new focus on housemade brats and sausages including spicy, sweet Italian, and mango poblano. They can all be customized with lineup of toppings and sides. The rest of the menu includes some old Watson Hall staples like burgers, sandwiches, mac and cheese and seasoned fries (including decarli polenta fries).
Watson Hall/American Brat Haus: 12655 SW 1st Street, Beaverton, 503-616-2416. Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.