Our roots are German, our flavors are global, and our food is proudly made in Chicago! Read on about where we started and what moves us.
The first Hannah’s Bretzel opened in Chicago’s Loop back in 2005, inspired by founder Florian Pfahler’s hometown of Stuttgart, Germany.
At Hannah’s, we combined the German word brezel [from the Latin word bracchiola, meaning “little arms”] with the American spelling of pretzel to emphasize the bread-like qualities of our flagship product and as a nod to its German origins.
The logo for Hannah’s Bretzel is inspired by the traditional mark of the Zentralverband des Deutschen Bäckerhandwerks (or German baker’s trade, for short). In fact, bread is so entrenched in German life that “German bread culture” is formally recognized on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Our Bretzel namesake, Hannah was three when we opened our first restaurant in 2005.
Hannah is now a teenager and would kill us if she knew we were using this photo.
There’s a world of good in the food you’re eating – incorporating
adventurous European flavors with ethically sourced ingredients from local, independently owned farms.
We’ve been a step ahead of the eco-friendly game since the very beginning, and are always looking to lighten our environmental footprint as much as possible.
Check out our initiatives in support of a better, healthier environment include responsible sourcing, sustainability, and minimizing pollution and carbon emissions.