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Milwaukee Gasthaus hosts 7 individual apartment units, spanning two buildings with a coffee shop & Milwaukee’s Best German Restaurant.

Established in 1924, Kegel’s Inn is celebrating 100 years of family ownership, serving up authentic German specialties in an original prohibition speakeasy and tops the charts for the locals go-to for Friday Fish Fry!

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Kegel’s Inn Gasthaus

Kegel’s Gasthaus, with its rich history dating back to 1924, has evolved into a treasured family-owned restaurant and inn situated in the heart of Milwaukee’s vibrant West Allis neighborhood. Steeped in the charm of a bygone era, this establishment offers a delightful experience for those seeking a taste of old-world Milwaukee.

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Situated next to the Beer Garden at Kegel’s Inn, this 1928 building accommodates three units. The first is a chic two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and dining area. Upstairs, a private entrance leads to a tastefully designed two-bedroom suite for a peaceful retreat. Additionally, a spacious three-bedroom unit with a full kitchen and charming outdoor deck offers comfort in Milwaukee’s heart.

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Discover Milwaukee’s Vibrant German Attractions

Milwaukee is one of the best places in America to visit old world European restaurants & architecture. Historically, the city is famous for being part of the so-called “German Triangle” formed by Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, the three major urban areas noted for their mostly German heritage. With more than half of its population claiming German ancestry, Wisconsin itself has also been known as one of the most German states in the country.

Explore Milwaukee’s Cultural Highlights

Uncover the heart of Milwaukee’s history and culture. Dive into motorcycle history at the Harley-Davidson Museum, catch a game at American Family Field, and tour the Pabst Mansion for a glimpse into the Gilded Age. The Milwaukee Public Market beckons with gourmet delights, and the Historic Third Ward offers trendy boutiques and lively nightlife.

Memorable Experiences Beyond Kegel’s Gasthaus

When you visit, make sure you embrace the charm of West Allis and the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. Indulge in authentic German cuisine at Kegel’s Inn, then venture out to explore Milwaukee’s attractions like the War Memorial Beer Garden, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Pabst Masion. Whether enjoying sports at American Family Field or strolling through the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee promises a rich and diverse experience.

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A Rich & Storied Past

Born in Austria in 1892, John T. Kegel immigrated to the United States in 1911. Four years later, he married Slovenian-born Anna Bevc and in 1918 they moved to West Allis Wisconsin. After working variously as a trimmer and a milkman, John was convinced by a long-time friend to open a soft drink parlor. In reality, Kegel’s Place was a prohibition-era speakeasy serving customers home-brewed beer and whiskey. In 1925, Kegel’s Place occupied just the east half of the current building. Like many other area “soft drink parlors” during prohibition, John Kegel brewed beer in the basement and his wife Ruth would carry flasks of whiskey that were hidden in her sewn-in pockets. For a time, things went smoothly, as most of the neighborhood was German. With the help of the leaded stained glass windows, it was hard to see what was actually going on inside.

At least some of the family stories we’ve heard, say that if you wanted to talk to a West Milwaukee or West Allis Police Officer, you’d have to go to Kegel’s Inn. Maybe more so the officers liked Kegel’s Inn as a place to grab an after-shift beer, but the stories also allude to the attitudes of the Wisconsin drinking culture and give the impression of prosperous times for the restaurant during prohibition. For several years good times were had until one day on the First of May, 1927 State Agents raided Kegel’s Inn and busted Anna Kegel with “several ounces of intoxicating liquor”.

With a little bit of luck and an expensive lawyer, Anna, and the future of Kegel’s Inn was saved from the fate of so many of the other soda pop parlors in the area. As luck would have it, Wisconsin ended its official enforcement of prohibition in 1928 and their establishment was spared. Her arrest ticket is pictured below.

Kegels Inn Prohibition Speakeasy

With the lawsuit thrown out, and the restaurant operating smoothly, John & Anna started putting their money back into the business. Shortly before prohibition was officially repealed by the Federal Government in April 1933, John Kegel unveiled his grand plans to include a restaurant and 5 apartments upstairs. Construction took a little over a year, and the renamed “Kegel’s Inn” opened on Aug. 26, 1933, to a warm celebration. Almost immediately, German-born artist Peter Gries started on the wall murals which took more than 7 years to complete. Known as “the largest tavern built since the return of beer” Kegel’s Inn quickly became one of the most popular places to get married in Milwaukee. Today, Kegel’s Inn continues to serve its rich heritage through delicious German food to customers looking for a warm & friendly atmosphere.

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Location

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5835 W. National Ave West Allis, WI 53214

Milwaukee Gasthaus

5901 W. National Ave West Allis, WI 53214

Reservation

Julian Kegel

414-534-7289

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