Bernhard Mairinger, chef/owner of BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, will feed… (Sterling Tyler Photography…)
Bernhard Mairinger, the young (under 30) chef/owner of BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, is so tall — 6 foot 7 inches to be exact, he looks like a giant working in the tiny open kitchen. And everybody else looks like a shrimp.
He doesn’t want to be tall alone, so every June, he offers a free meal at his modern Austrian bistro for anyone who measures taller than the chef.
Of course he doesn’t just take you at your word. You have to be measured (without shoes) in the restaurant. Just so you know, if you have to duck under the doorway to enter, you’re probably home free.
No coming in every day for a schnitzel or sausage plate, though. Being tall just gets you one meal, i.e. an entrée and dessert of your choice. You’ll have to spring for your own Austrian beer or wine.
As far as I can see, there is no rule against past winners showing up again this year for a free meal. Or at least not yet. Last year they had 11 men and two women qualify (note: 6 foot qualifies for women). And already this year, according to the restaurant, “We already have a few NBA gentlemen with reservations on the books.”
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