Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eisele's Black Forest/El Lenador

Do you remember dining at the Black Forest back in the day, or any of the old German restaurants in South City? I'm interested, as there really doesn't seem to be much of a written record for these vanished but venerated institutions.


  1. We have a bunch of matchbooks from Eisele's Black Forest!

  2. I *knew* there had to be a story behind that building.

  3. Tom Maher - KirkwoodAugust 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Man to contact on the Black Forest:
    Scroll on down to the story about Hermann Eisele - lots of info and contact stuff. The page is from 2004, but based on the info, he should be easy to contact.

    Hey - he's gotta be a good guy and quite intelligent, too (despite having a JD...); he went to CBC !

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  5. The son of the Eisele's owner is a lawyer in practice in St. Louis and an accomplished accordian player.

    And we gave our California nephews their own baseball gloves after a Cardinals game at a dinner at the Bavarian Inn.

    Before that the Bavarian Inn was the place for clandestine business lunches with gangsters and other questionable characters..

  6. All of you are right! My grandma and grandpa ran this restraunt for a long, long time! And my dad had to help with dishes as soon as he could learn to walk!

  7. Madelyn,

    I would love to learn more about the history of the restaurant or see any pictures your family might have when it was in operation. Please contact me at if you would like to help.


  8. We had our rehearsal dinner there on September 12, 1975.


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