Langel’s Pizzeria is a well-known establishment in downtown Highland. It has been a popular hotspot which is known just as much for its events hosted there as it is for their famous food. Inside the restaurant, you will find many amenities to suit your needs. We have a large Sports Bar, named “Rodney’s Sports Bar”, equipped with a full liquor bar and 30 flat-panel televisions. Our Billiards Room boasts 3 full-size pool tables, as well as two dart boards and a “Bags” arcade game. Along with our original family dining area, we have a modern outdoor Café attached to the front, which provides amazing open-air seating during those breezy summer months. It is also fully heated, and enclosed during our blistery winter months. Langel’s Pizzeria also provides a variety of banquet & catering solutions, which can be accommodated in one of our two Banquet Facilities, or also offered is off-premise Catering. As you can see, we’ve come a long way in 30 years, and let us tell you how it all got started.
Langel’s Pizzeria was founded in the year 1979 by Rodney D. Langel. At the age of 22, he decided to begin his journey into the restaurant business. It all began with a small pizza place in St. John, Indiana. At that time, Rodney managed to satisfy his customers with tasty pizzas, even though he did it all with only a small oven, 2-door cooler, and a few tables and chairs. With a little help from his parents, Lillian and Eugene Langel, he kept the place running smoothly.
After two years, Rodney moved to Schererville, and shortly thereafter purchased the store in downtown Highland, Rodney’s hometown. Here at our Highland location, what was known as Langel’s Pizzeria, existed as just the little dining room extending to the back of the kitchen area. Back then, Langel’s Pizzeria consisted of only 1 cook, 1 server/phone person, and 1 delivery driver. As business grew, so did the restaurant as well as our team of employees.
As time went on, we grew bigger and bigger. In 1994, we were able to expand and begin to establish ourselves as a mainstay in the Calumet Region. With this space, Rodney’s Grill and Sports Bar was added on, along with two banquet facilities, a billiards room, and much needed extra space.
Due to our loyal customer base around the Calumet region, we have grown so much throughout the years. Today we have about 70 total employees. The year 2009, brought about the 30th Anniversary in business for Langel’s Pizza Inc. Still family owned and operated, Rodney is glad to see that his children, Nicholette and Adam Langel, took the same serious interest he took 30 years ago, and is going to keep the business going for many years to come. Do what thousands of others do every year, and stop in and enjoy our famous pizza or one of our homemade Italian beef sandwiches, consisting of the finest ingredients, using only top-grade cheeses, prime USDA meats, and fresh produce, creating the best pizza known