Three years ago, many Sunnyland residents were disappointed when Keil’s, a family-owned restaurant and bar, was sold and closed. Those same residents enjoyed the restaurant’s grand reopening on Aug. 23.


Many of the returning customers were close friends with the restaurant’s owners, Angie and Greg Keil. In addition, there were many first-time patrons who were drawn to the restaurant for its friendly and family-oriented atmosphere as well as the homemade recipes created by Greg. 


 

Three years ago, many Sunnyland residents were disappointed when Keil’s, a family-owned restaurant and bar, was sold and closed. Those same residents enjoyed the restaurant’s grand reopening on Aug. 23.

Many of the returning customers were close friends with the restaurant’s owners, Angie and Greg Keil. In addition, there were many first-time patrons who were drawn to the restaurant for its friendly and family-oriented atmosphere as well as the homemade recipes created by Greg. 

Greg and Angie pride themselves on a family-oriented restaurant, and it was their own dedication to family which caused them to temporarily close their doors.

“We had done it for 15 years and we decided that we would like to sell the business … the main reason was so we could focus on our family,” said Angie.

The family took three years off to focus on their family and explore other ventures, but to the relief of Sunnyland residents, they couldn’t stay away from the restaurant once the location became vacant. 

Keil’s, which is located at 306 S. Summit in Sunnyland, offers a large variety of traditional American food. Many of the patrons on opening night recognized their fried chicken, pizza, burgers and fries, as well as their seafood and barbeque. In addition, Keil’s offers a full bar slightly removed from the main dining area.

“Cooking and the restaurant business is my husband’s passion, so he couldn’t stand for the building to sit empty and deteriorate, so we decided to get back into it,” said Angie.

Once the family announced its decision, the community instantly
responded with an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. 

“My daughter started a Facebook page for the restaurant one night and by the next morning, within 24 hours, we already had 100 hits,” said Angie.

While the family-oriented atmosphere and the homemade recipes have not changed since the restaurant’s first opening, the family has made a few changes to further improve their business for the staff and customers after reopening its doors. 

Some of these changes include a salad bar, children’s menu, motorcycle parking and less lengthy bar hours. Keil’s is also closed on Sunday and Monday to allow for family time for the staff. 

Keil’s new hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Tuesday though Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

Family-oriented dining is not just something the owners talk about a lot. 

Many customers at the grand reopening mentioned the family focus as well.

“You walk in and you’re greeted right away,” said Mary Maroney, a patron at the reopening. 

“I love it; (the employees) make you feel at home.”

Maroney wasn’t the only customer to compliment the restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere.

“It’s nice, you can bring your kids here and you don’t have to worry about any nonsense. The kids love to come and play games,” said a friend to the Keils and frequent diner, Mike Henry.

“It’s like “Cheers,” everybody knows your name … I was like Norm, that was my chair. It was a long two or three years when Keil’s was closed,” said a frequent patron, Brad Livek.

While the economy has caused many local, family-owned businesses to shut their doors, the community showed their excitement and support of Keil’s prospering despite the rough economic times.

“There’s no better place to eat in town,” Tiffany Boswell, a patron of Keil’s, said. “The entire community is excited Keil’s is back and it’s nothing but a plus to Sunnyland.”