Monday, September 15, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Schnitzelbank Restaurant To Become Office Space


Schnitzelbank, a venerable outpost for lovers of German cuisine, has closed its doors, and the building will be converted to office space.

The Bavarian-style restaurant at 7330 N.E. Bothell Way was opened by Bobby and Hildegard McKissen in 1961. It was a family affair.

While Hildegard's mother, Elizabeth Poessinger, now 87, oversaw the kitchen, two generations of family members waited tables and managed the business.

In the old days, it wasn't uncommon for everybody to break into traditional German song and dance to entertain the patrons.

The McKissens retired from the business four years ago, however, and leased the space to a succession of restaurateurs before deciding to close for good in June.

The building, an area landmark, will remain virtually unchanged, Hildegard McKissen said. It could be ready for business tenants as soon as the first of the year.

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