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If you’ve been to Kegel’s Inn, you know that it’s one of Milwaukee’s few remaining German staples. Founded in 1924, the restaurant and beer hall is a piece of living history and a well-preserved landmark that offers a snapshot into Cream City History. But it takes a great deal of work to keep an iconic restaurant running.
In this week's podcast (part two of a two-part episode), we chat with Julian Kegel, the fourth generation owner of Kegel’s Inn in West Allis about his decision to take over his family’s 95-year-old business. During our conversation, Kegel talks about the history of the restaurant, sharing memories and stories passed through the generations.
We also discuss the challenges of keeping the restaurant relevant in 2019 while staying true to its roots. Along the way, we chat about Kegel’s legendary fish fry, the difficulty of making changes to a beloved restaurant and a few ways Kegel is leading the venue into the future.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.