Don and Georgianne Weigend of Jackson toast to celebrate
a date night on Nov. 10 at
Krimmer’s Restaurant in West Bend.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Krimmer has an extensive journal of people he’s served
in his culinary career.
reads like a weekly lineup for a late-night talk show:
Oprah Winfrey, Johnny Depp and Britney Spears for a
small sampling of the much longer list.
With Krimmer’s Restaurant — 114 N. Main St., West Bend —
Washington County residents and guests have taken
advantage of the same entrees the A-list celebs once
enjoyed as it was recently voted as a recommended
restaurant in Washington County in a recent and informal
poll of readers by the Daily News.
“Have been (to Krimmer’s) six or seven times and the
quality of steaks is on par with the best Chicago
steakhouses,” said West Bend’s Ryan Woody. “Wine is
reasonably priced and the desserts are always worth it.”
four years, Krimmer was the head chef of the Mason
Street Grill inside the Pfister Hotel.
“It’s Milwaukee’s preferred hotel,” Krimmer said. “If
you’re an athlete or a musician, anything of that sort,
you go there and stay there.”
Krimmer believed that experience was something
Washington County deserved to enjoy.
“That’s the feel we’re bringing back home is the big,
not just Milwaukee taste buds, but everything a big city
has to offer is what we’re offering here in West Bend,”
There was interest from investors to have Krimmer’s in
Milwaukee. But being West Bend natives, Krimmer and his
wife, Kelsey, wanted to bring the big-city dining
experience home. “When we have something special going
on, we love to spoil ourselves with great food and
awesome service (at Krimmer’s),” said Anita Ulrich of
Krimmers moved to Milwaukee about 15 years ago so Wes
could attend culinary school at Waukesha County
Technical College after getting a business degree from
Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend.
has known since he was 8 years old he wanted to be in
the restaurant industry.
first job was wiping down tables at McDonald’s here on
(Highway) 33,” Wes said. “Now the owner of that
McDonald’s and 17 others is one of the regulars here.
It’s a full circle here.”
worked at Motions, a seafood restaurant in Milwaukee,
while attending culinary school. He was there for nearly
three years before he took the job at Mason Street
After four years at Mason Street Grill, Krimmer worked
as the head chef at the Pfister’s sister property, the
Hilton Hotel, also in downtown Milwaukee, for an
additional four years.
But, for his final two years at the Hilton, Krimmer,
along with several family members, was putting together
what has become Krimmer’s.
“I’ve been in restaurants for 20 years,” Wes said.
“Every job I’ve had since I was 14 has been in the
Being in the culinary arts is not just in Wes’
repertoire. It’s also in Kelsey’s.
11 years, they lived in Milwaukee. And while Wes worked
at some of the prestigious restaurants, Kelsey ran a
Brazilian steakhouse on Water Street for about six
They had in the back of their mind for many years they
wanted to open a restaurant in their hometown and saved
money for several years to do so.
When they got the amount they needed to fulfill their
dream, they began to look at properties.
was the right time, we had our 20 percent saved and we
were looking at commercial buildings here and in
Milwaukee, on the east side of Milwaukee,” Wes said.
“Anywhere that had a bar or a restaurant for sale, we
were looking for anything.”
When they came across the spot in downtown West Bend
across from the West Bend Theater, they were reluctant.
didn’t think too much of it,” Wes said. “We thought it
was too small, there were no windows, it was real dark.
didn’t see real potential in this property.”
They had offers to go into other buildings, but the
Krimmers knew that’s not what they wanted. They wanted
something they could call theirs.
were going to open up our restaurant, explore our
ideas,” Wes said.
Eight to nine months later, they went back with an
“This was one of the few properties that was small
enough where my wife and I could control everything,”
Wes said. “And make everything as perfect as we possible
could instead of opening up a huge restaurant and were
in over our heads.
wanted something small and intimate like this.”
That, along with the desire to be in downtown West Bend,
led to the Krimmers making the offer on the building.
About two years later, on Feb. 27, 2015, Krimmer’s
opened, taking the place of what once was a Chinese
restaurant for more than 25 years.
“Everything we offer here is completely different than
any other menu here in the whole Washington County area
and a lot different from anything you’ve seen in
Milwaukee, Chicago or New York,” Wes said.
There are no canned foods in the restaurant. The staff
makes the establishment’s mayonnaise to go with the
salad dressing. There are also zero frozen items.
“The fish that comes in here, we’re one of 17
restaurants in the state of Wisconsin that deal with a
fresh, flown-in seafood program,” Wes said. “Our meat is
one of the highest grades in the world. All the desserts
are homemade. Everything is made from scratch.”
added there isn’t a restaurant within 40 miles of
Krimmer’s that offers dry-aged steak, which he said
takes years of training. The steaks have eight to 15
specifications that need to be met.
Krimmer’s is able to do this because of Wes’ connections
from when he worked in Milwaukee.
“You pay for what you get,” Wes said, adding, “we’re
bringing a lot of new ideas to West Bend.”
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