Northeast Minneapolis boasts a connection to the new Twins ballpark drawing attention across the Mississippi River: Kramarczuk’s bratwurst.
The beloved garlic-flavored Polish and paprika-spiced Hungarian sausages will be offered at two concession carts along the concourse, adding an ethnic mix to the standard ballpark fare of hotdogs, popcorn and nachos.
The Target Field food service team says the brats will be made fresh daily just one mile away at Kramarczuk. That’s a welcome relief for Twins fans who have suffered through one too many stale hotdogs at the old Metrodome ballpark.
Kramarczuk’s, 215 East Hennepin Avenue, is a family-owned Northeast Minneapolis landmark. As the website says, owner Orest Kramarczuk’s parents came to the United States from Ukraine in 1940 and launched the business in 1954. Originating as a sausage company, Kramarczuk’s sausage selection boasts four dozen varieties. The business also combines a bakery, European market, and restaurant featuring Eastern European dishes like goulash and varenky.
According to MLB.com, the late Twins owner Carl Pohlad was “a frequent patron” of Kramarczuk’s. During one stop, Orest Kramarczuk asked Pohlad if he would consider including his food in the new ballpark’s concession fare. Pohlad responded with a thumbs-up.
Kramarczuk’s is the second local establishment to partner with the Twins on concessions and more will follow, according to MLB.com. Another downtown Minneapolis institution, Murray’s Steakhouse, will serve a signature steak sandwich and garlic toast at Mill City Grill locations at the ballpark.
WHAT’S NEXT: Fans will be able to bite into their first brat on April 2, when the Twins host their first exhibition game against the Cardinals at Target Field.