Von Trapp’s, the enormous German beer hall on 12th Ave, announced recently that it has officially changed its name to “Rhein Haus” due to a complaint from a member of the Von Trapp family, probably the black sheep. According to a press release, this is the only thing that will change:
“Though the owners vetted the original name and got the federal trademark before opening in early 2013, over the past few months concern has arisen with one member of the Trapp family about confusion between the Seattle Von Trapp’s and the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.”
They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; in this case, the aroma of sausages and pretzels and bocce will remain the same. In case you’re wondering, the new name is a reference to the Rhine River, which is the longest river in Germany. There’s no word yet on whether the river has a problem with the new name.
We dropped by Von Trapp’s after it opened here: