In 1924, John Kegel Built Kegel's Inn. After prohibition was repealed, John remodeled the structure to what you see today.
Murals and Steins of Kegels
Kegels quaint but original decor is some of the finest work of German Painter Peter Greis.
Dining Room at Kegel's Inn
The Beautifully kept dining room not only has the warmest atmosphere in West Allis, it's also paired with some of the most Authentic German Fare in Milwaukee.
Kegel's Inn Sign
Illuminated during business hours, the original Sign at Kegel's Inn is housed over at the West Allis Historical Society. Go Check it Out!
Courtesy, the rule of this house, will be extended to Everyone
Above all, Kegel's Inn is a warm and welcoming place with great food and tasty beer. Bring your friends and enjoy the Gemuchlichkeit of Kegel's Inn.
Hofbrau German Beer
Alongside the great selection of beer from Hofbrau, we generally have 8 german beers, 2 domestics and at least one rotating seasonal.
Ancient Lighting and Original murals
Kegel's Inn is filled with beautiful accents and old school charm.
West Allis Historical Registry Kegel's Inn - Authentic German Cuisine
West Allis — Two West Allis properties - longtime landmarks Kegel's Inn and the Koelsch Funeral Home - have officially taken their place on the National Register of Historic Places.
The announcement by the Wisconsin Historical Society last week follows the efforts of the West Allis Historical Society, which worked to get those properties onto the national register earlier this year.
A taste of Kegel's history
What is now Kegel's Inn was a "soft-drink parlor" when it originally opened in 1924.
Shortly after prohibition was repealed, John Kegel took out a permit to enlarge his drinking establishment to include a restaurant. The renamed Kegel's Inn opened Aug. 26, 1933.
Drinking was already going on anyway. Rob Kegel said his grandfather brewed beer in the basement during Prohibition and got busted after a federal raid near the end of that period, though he was never punished because the 18th Amendment was soon repealed.
Brothers Rob and Jim Kegel, the third generation of family ownership, now run the business and plan to keep the German restaurant open for some time. Fourth Generation Kegel's Julian Kegel and his wife Stephanie Plan to keep the business going long into the future. They hope to pass the legacy on to more generations to come.
"It's an honor," Rob Kegel said of the historical designation. "We've got a wonderful building. I personally think it's the best-looking building in West Allis."
Stained Glass Beauty
Kegel's Inn, as it was renamed, opened on August 26th, 1933. In addition to food and drink, Kegel’s also offered dancing and hosted dance bands weekly through 1952. Shortly after its opening, German-born artist/painter Peter Greis hand-painted murals on the interior walls. As the dining areas expanded to encompass much of the first floor, additional murals were painted. In addition to the spectacular (and often whimsical) murals, the interior also features remarkable leaded and stained-glass windows executed by the Milwaukee art glass firm of Wagner Bros., as well as notable woodwork by the Marks Bros. of West Allis.
4 Generations of JK
John Kegel - Proprietor
John Kegel JR.
Jim Kegel - Son of John Jr.
Julian Kegel - 2nd cousin once removed.
Kegel's Inn Glasses
One of a kind beer steins hold 16 ounces of delicious german beer. Grab a seat and belly up at one of the most authentic german restaurants in Milwaukee.
Kegel's Inn Building Entrance
The Beautiful Lannon Stone building was built in English architechtual Style to match pubs and taverns in England. Once inside, you'll notice the heavy wooden beams, authentic german murals and delicious german beer help create the wonderful atmosphere of Kegel's Inn.
Kegel's Inn Gemuchlichkeit
Here at Kegel's Inn, Gemuchlichkeit is easy to see, hear and feel. But for those who need a firmer description: Gemuchlichkeit describes a space or state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. Other qualities include coziness, peace of mind, belonging, well being, and social acceptance. The term is most commonly associated with the tenor of a German beer garden. So COME ON IN ALREADY!
Monkey See Monkey Do.
Original Paintings by Peter Gries often illustrate monkeys or cats in satirical poses or themes relating to parlor antics! Come see the hundreds of figures on the walls of Kegels inn.