Dakota Inn Rathskeller
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller was opened on August 1, 1933 by Karl Kurz, the Grandfather of Karl E. Kurz, the present owner. This 80+ year old authentic German restaurant seats 145 and is just over 2000 square feet. The restaurant is filled with German beer steins, trophy animal heads taken on family hunting trips and family pictures.
The restaurant has that authentic “old-world” feeling that comes from the polished dark wood furniture and wall paneling, hand-painted German scenes from Grandfather Kurz’s childhood and servers decked out in traditional German style clothing.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night they have a singalong, about the Schnitzelbank and is one of the great Dakota Inn traditions. This is a classic German drinking song and every night, someone leads the crowd in a song that uses the Schnitzelbank as its centerpiece. They als have live bands. The Immigrant Sons and The Little German Band have played there.
Every year for the entire month of October., the Dakota Inn Rathskeller pitches its yellow-and-white striped tent and has Detroit’s only authentic German beer garden complete with oompah bands and polka contests.