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Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:00 pm

By Rose L. Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - There's a new schnitzel in town.

Zum Edelweiss, a German restaurant, opened in Harker Heights on March 18 serving schnitzel and currywurst, along with many other authentic German dishes.

Annemarie Wallace moved to the United States from Germany at age 10 and has lived in Killeen off and on for the last 30 years. She saw the opportunity to take over the lease of Harker Heights' previous German restaurant, Black Forest Haus, from owner Andrea Pink in February and went for it, she said.

Black Forest Haus opened in late August and closed early this year. Wallace said the two restaurants are not related.

Wallace is using her mother's recipes as well as the recipes of some of the German cooks she's hired to serve up authentic, fresh-made dishes.

Wallace has a new special daily along with at least three desserts made on-site.

Despite opening a new restaurant in what's still considered a tough economy, Wallace said business has been pretty good.

"It's picking up every day," Wallace said. "Word of mouth has gotten around quite a bit."

She said the restaurant has something for everybody, even those who have never tried German food and may be hesitant. "We do have smothered chicken for those who don't eat pork," Wallace said.

And for those feeling adventurous in foreign cuisine, Wallace recommends the jagerschnitzel - which is schnitzel with a mushroom gravy.

Wallace is already making plans for the restaurant's future, which include German beer and wine licensing. Once that is complete, she'll host special events for Oktoberfest and Christmas.

Zum Edelweiss is at 708 Edwards Drive and is closed on Mondays.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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