Pat Starr bought the
Wienery from Airaq Johnson in June of 2000 through the
patronage of Pete Dodge, West Bank Godfather. The
tradition of the neighborhood diner at the Wienery
location goes back many years, to when Edna's served up
affordable homemade meals for weary West Bankers. The
Wienery was started in the early 1980s by an an
entreprenuerial couple who brought Chicago dogs to the
Twin Cities, Al and Jean Wohl. Jerry Petermeir bought the
restaurant in 1987, engendering a loyal following of
wiener lovers. Jerry sold the Wienery to Airaq in 1999.
Pat added breakfast to the Wienery menu when he started
working for Airaq, who then sold him the restaurant.
Weeks after purchasing the
restaurant, Pat met the love of his life, a bratwurst
loving girl from Milwaukee named KJ. Thanks to an
unplanned pregnancy two years later, KJ then became the
restaurant's accountant and bookkeeper in 2002 and then
its lawyer in 2008. Also thanks to unplanned pregnancy,
the restaurant now has two world class dishwashers and
busboys in Pat and KJ's sons - Eli and Rio. In 2012 and 2015, Pat
and KJ welcomed new members of the family - Maceo and Mercury.
KJ and Pat are strongly
committed to the West Bank neighborhood and providing
homemade, high quality, affordable food to people who live
on, play at, or visit the West Bank. They are happy to
carry on the tradition of the west bank neighborhood diner
and welcome you to come visit.