One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beer hall or restaurant in a basement.
- ‘I was there prowling for pierogies last week, and that's how we ended up in a rathskeller of a place called the Polish Village Café.’
Early 20th century: from obsolete German (now Ratskeller), from Rathaus ‘town hall’ + Keller ‘cellar’, denoting the place where beer and wine were sold.
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