By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Feb 13, 2020 at 4:01 PM Photography: Bobby Tanzilo

Kegel’s Inn, the historic German restaurant and bar located at 5901 W. National Ave., will be closing its doors beginning Sunday, Feb. 16 to accommodate an extensive kitchen remodeling project.

During the project, which is expected to take about 10 days, Kegel’s will suspend operations in both the bar and restaurant. The venue will re-open in time for Ash Wednesday dinner service on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

The project, prompted by the need for increased efficiency to service the influx of guests particularly during beer garden season, marks a significant step forward for the restaurant, which hasn’t seen significant kitchen modifications since the 1950s.

"The need to provide food service for our very successful outdoor beer garden, in addition to the restaurant, drove us to take the step of modernizing our kitchen to accommodate the increased volume," notes owner Julian Kegel. "With the new, state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and a few minor tweaks to our kitchen processes, we plan to handle the new peak demand, such as our weekly Friday Fish Fry and outside in the Beer Garden."

"We want people to understand that – while this remodeling will significantly increase the efficiency behind the scenes – it will in no way change our traditional German menu or the Gemütlichkeit people know and expect from Kegel’s Inn," Kegel adds.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.