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52-year-old UW bar gets 4-month makeover
52-year-old UW bar gets 4-month makeover

After four months of restoration, a bar inside the Memorial Union will reopen Monday. 

Der Stiftskeller, originally opened in 1962, has had its murals restored, pool tables moved in and the serving bar reborn out of a Terrace tree, those managing the the University of Wisconsin-Madison project said Wednesday at a sneak preview of the restaurant. 

In addition to its interior upgrades, the Stiftskeller will add a second window serving the Terrace. 

Murals first painted in 1978 were restored, recreated, or in the case of the "Battle of Beer and Wine" painting, relocated from the west wall to the south wall, the UW-Madison said. 

The renovations are part of phase one of the university's Memorial Union Reinvestment project, which kicked off in the summer of 2012.

Der Stiftskeller shares the bar with neighbor pub Der Rathskeller.

Pool tables that had been previously relocated to a game room -- which was closed about a decade ago after a water main break -- have been moved into the Stiftskeller.

The bar inside the Stiftskeller is made from wood of a white oak tree that had been removed from the Terrace prior to the project start. 

The bar also added 14 beers to up its offering to 35 drafts, of which half are Wisconsin craft brews. 

Der Rathskeller is scheduled to be restored this summer, officials said. 

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