But the owners never seemed to recover from financial problems that began with a fire that destroyed a second Gunning's restaurant in Ocean City.
In 1993, the Brooklyn property was foreclosed on and sold at auction. The Gunning family relocated their business to Hanover, even as new owners operated the original location, keeping the name Gunning's Crab House. For years, there was lingering confusion about which was the "real Gunning's" -- the one in the original location, or the one operated by the Gunning family in Hanover. The Gunning's in Brooklyn closed several years ago.
The Gunning family could not be reached for comment about the reasons for the Hanover closing. In March 2013, a U.S. District court ordered the restaurant and its owner, Edward Gunning Jr., to pay more than $310,000 in unpaid federal employment taxes.
The new Bavarian Brauhaus will have a small stage for occasional live entertainment, but, unlike at Blob's Park, there won't be polka dancing at The Bavarian Bauhaus.
"There definitely won't be dancing, there's not enough room," Eggerl said. "This is a totally new venture with a completely different slant."
Eggerl said he hopes to have the Bavarian Brauhaus open by Aug. 1.