Named for its location, the Sharp Corner Tavern at W. Fifth and Market streets has been a Hermann institution for many years. Before Hwy. 19 was constructed, Sharp Corner Tavern was situated at the southern-most end of town. In fact, West Fifth Street was the southern route into town. There was an extremely sharp curve at this location, where West Fifth joined Market St. Hence the name.
Built in 1847, Sharp Corner Tavern is housed in one of Hermann's oldest buildings. Most of the time the building has been used as a restaurant and bar, and during World War II the upstairs was used to board soldiers waiting to report for duty at Ft. Leonard Wood.
Owner Mitch Hoelmer is no stranger to the tavern scene. He has spent most of his life working in local watering holes, including Sharp Corner. Nearly two decades ago, he purchased the establishment. Mitch spends much of his day in the kitchen. He is the lunch cook, and often prepares breakfast.
The breakfast menu is served until 10 a.m. Each selection is named for a family member and is served up fresh from the griddle. Mitch prepares a daily luncheon special. His wife, Sarah, says, "It's whatever Mitch decides to cook." Often included are fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and spaghetti and meatballs.
The kitchen is open for 19 hours daily, except Sunday. The pizza oven goes off at midnight, but the grill is on until 1 a.m. Sarah says that Sharp Corner is famous for their hamburgers, but the St. Louis-style pizza, on thin or thick crust, also is popular. The menu features sandwiches and an extensive listing of side items. Full bar service is available all day.
Sharp Corner Tavern is open from 6 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Diners can eat in or take out. To place an order call 573-486-5223.