Seattle bar changes name after Von Trapp confusion

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:


A popular Seattle bar has changed its name after confusion with the name of the family in “The Sound of Music.”

Von Trapp’s, a Capitol Hill bar popular for their beer, house-made brats and indoor bocce courts, changed its name to Rhein Haus, effective Thursday.

“Though the owners vetted the original name and got the federal trademark before opening in early 2013, over the past few months concern has arisen with one member of the Trapp family about confusion between the Seattle Von Trapp’s and the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont,” a statement from bar staff said.

Rhein Haus was chosen as homage to the longest river running through Bavaria.

“The Sound of Music” is a 1959 musical and 1965 film based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her memoir was first turned into a German film.  

Staff said the menu and atmosphere at the Seattle restaurant and bar will remain the same – only the bar signs will change. The space was opened in February 2013 in a space that was a candy factory in the 1940s.

Rhein Haus opens Monday through Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. for brunch. Dinner is served from 5 to 11 p.m., and a late night menu is offered from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rhein Haus is located at 912 12th Ave.

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