The name of the place is Kraut King. My friend told me about this place a few months back, and it became one of my favorite places to eat. They served traditional Bavarian food aka SCHNITZEL and SPAETZLE.
The reason it is closing is because Winnipeg has a big problem with bums in the downtown area, and they have not been able to establish a consistent clientele base because of the bums that are usually passed out in the back alleys and in the streets…
Long live the Kraut King.
Downtown Winnipeg’s getting buried in piles of negative criticism this past week, after the owner of Kraut King gave one parting shot as he exited stage right. I unfortunately never made it down to Kraut King for lunch (though I wanted to). I heard the food was good, like the above tumblr suggests, so I’m going to assume the food wasn’t the issue. I’d also like to suggest, however, that the so-called “bums” weren’t the issue, either.
Frankly, downtown Winnipeg (and the surrounding areas of the West End, Osborne, River Heights, etc.) are full of excellent places to nosh. A combination of factors need to come together for a business to succeed, and it’s irresponsible to pin blame on people for just existing. As a business person, I believe you need to make choices that support and encourage growth of the community you’ve chosen to be part of.
Kelly Hughes, owner of Aqua Books and Eat!Bistro right across the street, puts it best, so I’ll let his words do my talking:
So our neighbours from the Kraut King have closed their doors due to drunks and drug gangs that clog the arteries of Garry Street.. Now I won’t pretend that Winnipeg doesn’t have social ills that need to be addressed, but a non-story like this is always just an excuse for people to trot out their prejudices.
One of the owners, Raven Thundersky, complained that the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs needs to “deal with their people.” Aside from the fact that downtown drunks are brown and white, the Aboriginal Community is not a monolith. It’s made up of a multitude of individuals with different ideas. I presume she wouldn’t want the AMC telling her what to do. People will drink, and they will do it somewhere…
EAT! bistro turned away 25 people at lunch on Friday, while others waited almost an hour to get in… Thanks to those of you who aren’t afraid of drunks (who don’t do it from the comfort of their own home) or people from a different social class, we’re doing alright. Keep up the good work.