Milwaukee restaurateurs open new restaurant in Lake Country

Enterprise Staff

June 18, 2015

The view of Nemahbin Lake from the dock at Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Road.   
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OCONOMOWOC — Mike and Kristyn Eitel opened Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Road, on June 5, bringing their unique brand of restaurants to Lake Country.

The property was formerly the Sports Channel before the Eitels purchased it last week. Mike Eitel said he retained the entire staff and will slowly start introducing changes, with large changes planned after the summer. He is limited to smaller renovations because of an increased customer base during the summer.

In addition, Eitel said he has plans to renovate the abandoned bait shop into a board shop that could be used for paddleboard and kayak rentals. He said eventually there are plans to open the restaurant for a fisherman’s shift on the weekend, but he is unsure when that will take place.

Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Road, opened last week. Owner Mike Eitel has big things planned for the bar, but no significant changes will take place until next week.    
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“I do (have a master plan) but it’s in my head and on a cocktail napkin, so now it’s in the hands of my architect,” Eitel said. The name Panga is a type of fishing boat used in central America, Eitel said.

“The inspiration for the bar is beach meets lake culture,” Eitel said. “So it’s kind of surfy, kind of lakey; definitely it’s all about fishing.”

The bar is open 10 a.m. to close every day.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Eitel said. “It’s already pretty awesome. We know it’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re excited to get something going out here.”

Special connections to the property

Eitel said the property was special for him because he frequently visited it when he was a little kid.

“I’ve been going to this bar since I was in my mom’s belly,” Eitel said.

His grandparents had a property on Lower Nemahbin Lake and he would frequently visit the bar while visiting with them. The Eitels also got engaged out on the lake.

“We ended up getting engaged on Lower Nemahbin across from where my grandparents’ house was on Sugar Island,” he said.