Biergartens Are The New Break Room
By Sunny Nunan, Core24®
A Dallas CEO gives employees a cool place to chill
Break rooms are so ‘90s. That’s why Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment (formerly Ensemble Studios), wanted a lively space for employees to gather in his new Plano office. So, Patrick did what every good CEO does: provide free beer to employees. He had a biergarten constructed, and from that day forward no one ever objected to mandatory staff meetings.
Patrick and his team constructed their biergarten from authentic elements. The giant H hanging on the wall is the actual logo from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. The distressed tables are constructed out of disassembled barns and custom-made by a couple in Michigan—an idea he snatched from Chris Dahlander, owner of Snappy Salads. And the beer is true brew from local, regional, and international sources. (German beer is a staple.)
Patrick’s biergarten idea was inspired by two facts. First, whenever the gaming company released a new title it was tradition to celebrate at The Bavarian Grill, a German restaurant in Plano. The second, directly from Patrick, is much more pragmatic: “We like beer.”
The biergarten is used for many different things; Monday morning meetings, play-testing iPhone games, parties, poker, lunches, brainstorming sessions, Oktoberfest competitions, and, last but not least, break-dancing competitions. Interestingly enough, the moves get better and better as the afternoon wears on.
The biergarten has earned plenty of cheers from Patrick’s team, helping to dissolve stress and boost morale. If you’re in the neighborhood, you’re invited to stop by. And if you can yodel, the first one’s on the house.