By Richard Zowie— In the basement of the old Keidel Memorial Hospital, at 260 East Main Street, is a place many visitors might not know exists.
A walk down the steps reveals, in the confined quarters, a restaurant that serves not only German food, but foods from a wide variety of countries.
“It’s kind of like a secret,” Tula Smajstrla said. “We’re not here only for locals or only for tourists. We’re a laid-back, family-style restaurant, here not only for locals but also for tourists.”
Tula co-owns the “secret” — Rathskeller Restaurant — with her husband, Sean. They opened Rathskeller in July 2000 after originally having The Oak House on South Washington Street.
Sean described their first restaurant as being “very formal” and said they wanted to do something lighter with Rathskeller.
“We also wanted something on Main Street, because in Fredericksburg, you really need to be on Main Street,” he said.