The oldest bar in Minnesota now has one of the newest kitchens!
In 1856, many of the Turners who had come from Cincinnati to help settle New Ulm gathered in a log-built store to form the New Ulm Turnverein, dedicated to physical fitness, education and gymnastics. Two years later they built their first Turner Hall on a full city block, at the same location as the existing Turner Hall and Ratskeller. Though the first Turner Hall burned during the Dakota War of 1862, the Turners rebuilt, and portions of the existing building date as far back as 1873. Today, Turner Hall still provides a place for social and civic gatherings and gymnastics, as well as dining. In the Ratskeller, you can enjoy a beverage, lunch or dinner while taking in more than 70 feet of stunning murals of Switzerland, Italy and Germany. An Italian artist painted the scenes in 1873, but they were painted over during WWI to prove loyalty to America. They were restored in 1999.
The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped at New Ulm Turner Hall to congratulate them on their new state-of-the-art kitchen. Turner Hall’s previous kitchen dated back to 1956 and General Manager Virginia Suker-Moldan says they outgrew that kitchen several years ago. The kitchen was closed for 2 months during the remodel, which also included a new HVAC system for the building and a new sewer system. With the new kitchen also comes some new menu items, including more German options, more Heart Of New Ulm healthy choices, and more kid’s menu items. Stop by and see for yourself! Congratulations, Turner Hall!
In the photo are: Brittney Schmiesing, Chuck Spaeth Ford; Virginia Suker-Moldan, New Ulm Turner Hall; Kim Hansen, New Ulm Real Estate; Randy Schroeder, Frandsen Bank & Trust.