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17324 John R St, Detroit, MI 48203 17324 John R St, Detroit Directions
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Report | 15 days ago
So glad an old Detroit establishment is thriving! Great place rich with history, charm and good beer!
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Report | 16 days ago
Perfect for Octoberfest.
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Report | 15 days ago
Keep doing what you're doing!
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Report | 16 days ago
Not my favorite Saurbraten, but everyone has their own recipe, and I respect that. Great, deadly Schnitzel!
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Report | 15 days ago
Never would have known of your existence without the promotion.
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Report | 15 days ago
Great experience... we'd be back. Wish the sing along would start at 7 or 7:30 not after 8.
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Report | 16 days ago
I will be back!!!!
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Report | 3 years ago
the food is very German and the music was very good.
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Report | 15 days ago
Great food! Had a wonderful time.
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Report | 16 days ago
Great food, great atmosphere. We'll be back!
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As he toiled away on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, autoworker Karl Kurz dreamed of opening a traditional German tavern like those he remembered from his hometown of Weikersheim, Germany. In 1933, he finally got his chance, working nights and weekends to convert a dilapidated Chinese hand laundry into a tiny bar that he called the Dakota Inn Rathskeller.

Eighty years later, the Rathskeller—now run by Karl's grandson—has expanded from three tiny stools to 2,000 square feet. The eclectic décor pays tribute to Karl's memory: trophy animal heads and RV hood ornaments seized during family hunting trips decorate the walls, and hand-painted murals depict scenes from Karl's life, including a rabbit hunt and a group of friends downing enormous mugs of beer. Through arched porticos, waiters in traditional German-style garb deliver Bavarian bratwurst, pork schnitzel, and German-style potato pancakes known as kartoffelpuffer. At night, the hand-carved walls reverberate with German drinking songs such as the “Schnitzelbank”—or woodworker’s bench—as if in tribute to Karl’s remodeling efforts.

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