It all started in November of 1981 when Peter and Erika, along with their children, Pete and Jeanne, moved from Berlin, Germany to Champaign, Illinois.
We opened the Bayern Stube doors on May 1st, 1991. The vision of having a place reminiscent to the inns of Bavaria has long been in our minds. We wanted a cozy, warm, and comfortable place with good food, yet different from the average eatery. We call it Bayern Stube which means "Bavarian living room". Many people who visit us year-round enjoy the German "Gemütlichkeit", the antiques and collectibles. They stay in our Bed and Breakfast and chat with us in German. All these things bring back memories for so many who once stayed in Bavaria or visited Germany.
Wild game trophies in the "Jägerstube" were donated by Erika's father, Dietrich, and about 500 beer steins collected over 30 years by Erika are mostly between 30 and 70 years old. Dietrich, in his earlier years, was a game warden in the Taunus Forest near Frankfurt, Germany. In 1994 we expanded our restaurant and now feature a banquet room, which accommodates up to 70 people. The room, with its original rustic brick walls and collectibles, was promptly named Dietrich Hall in his honor.
The restaurant has since been taken over by the daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Guenter in May of 2005. They will certainly carry on the tradition of bringing you great food in the same warm and cozy environment.
It is always our goal to make you feel comfortable, provide you with good food and spirits, so that you have fond memories which bring you back over and over again.
Please enjoy your time here and provide us with any comments you may have.
February 21st – March 8th
Call to make reservations at (217) 784-8304.
We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays until February 21st.