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Julian Kegel readies the future Kegel's Inn skating rink for a flood of water. (PHOTO: Kegel's Inn)

Strap on your skates, 'Stallis, Kegel's is making an ice rink

Despite the mild start to January, it's plenty chilly to lace up some skates and hit the ice. And, thanks to Kegel's Inn, 5901 W. National Ave., you can do it right in the street in West Allis.

On Saturday morning, the West Allis Fire Department stopped by the century-old German eatery -- which opened a beer garden on 59th Street last summer -- to pour water into a frame to create a 35-by-75-foot sheet of ice on the site of the beer garden, between National and Greenfield Avenues.

"The beer garden (in cooperation with Public Table Restaurant) this past summer and fall was by all accounts a smashing success," said Julian Kegel, owner and operator of Kegel's Inn, in a statement.

"We were looking for a way to continue to use that community space through the winter and the concept of a free public ice rink makes perfect sense."

With the current forecast, it should take about 10 days to get a nice solid sheet of ice, at which point the rink will be ready for skaters.

"We are always appreciative when businesses step up to add amenities such as this to our neighborhoods," West Allis Mayor Dan Devine told me.

"The biergarten was extremely popular this summer and it is great to see continued activity there through the winter. It is a great opportunity for people to visit West Allis and explore all the cool, new things happening."


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