National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Americans are grateful to Steve Bencic for introducing the Oktoberfets beer festival
to North America. Steve was born of German parents in the former Yugoslavia. He emigrated
to the U.S. in 1957 and soon was managing the East Side Sachsenhelm German Club in
Cleveland. In 1961, Steve opened his Hofbrau Haus restaurant, with polka music every
weekend. German and Cleveland-Style bands have performed on a regular basis ever
since, such as the Melody Orchestra, Hank Haller, Johnny Pecon and Duke Marsic. Steve
sponsored his first Oktoberfest in 1962. The festival is still a popular annual event
at the Lake County Fairgrounds, where Steve serves tons of wiener schnitzel, sausages
and strudels with beer chasers. He always hires plenty of polka bands for entertainment.
That's why Steve Bencic epitomizes the German word, "gemutlichkeit" - good hospitality.