This month Gourmet Mag proclaims the Student Prince and Fort Restaurant in Springfield's MA downtown "one of the 21 best classic restaurants in America"
These accolates are the newest in a long line of Awards and Recommendations given to the Restaurant. The Student Prince is an "Institution" in this City since 1929 and has provided extremely wonderful Food and warm Old Country Atmosphere to it's patrons. It has been and will continue to be known by many locals and others from near and far away.
A one Million Dollar (or two) antique Beer Stein Collection, a twenty food solid wood Mahagony Bar and commisioned Stained Glass Windows are indicative to the Restaurant's heritage and business success of nearly 70 Years.
Imported Beers have been one of the main draws of this Establishment. But the menu, in it's length and variety of typical German and American Fare, with 'Specialties' (more so then 'Specials') has given it's patrons constant enlightenment in the form of foods served by friendly and experienced personell. All Chefs, Cooks and Food Service workers adhere to strict ascribed recipe preparations, which have been in use for many years by the Owners, the Scherff family.
Special Occasions are celebrated throughout the year, such as Game Fest, Maywine Fest, Bockbeer Fest, October Fest and not to forget the Christmastree Lighting ceremony with life Carolers.
By choosing the Student Prince as one of 21 estabilshments as a "Classic" Restaurant in America is an honor well bestowed.
But, I could have already told them all these facts as of 1964, when I started working there as Chef.
So this write-up here may seem biased, and it is, but I do not currently benefit from doing so nor have I been in the employment of the Student Prince since 1980, when I left to take a position as instructor and consultant. I frequent the place often, with my last visit being this past June.