I periodically dial the long-neglected phone of Schumacher’s, the Czech-German restaurant and hotel in New Prague, just to see what will happen. Schumacher’s had a 30-something year run as the best German-Czech restaurant in the state, and probably the nation. It was located in a precious, stage-coach hotel with a bar that I consider one of the most charming of all Minnesota landmarks. It was tiny, a postage stamp of a bar, but every nook and cranny was carved, embellished, polished—as fancy as a nineteenth century woodworker could make it. It’s a jaw-dropping place to get a beer. But the place closed a few years ago, and the news back then was that it would reopen in May 2008, but, ah, here we are.
So I dial. I leave messages. Nothing ever happens.
Except, this week something happened. The voice-mail on the other end of the phone picked up and relayed the message that the restaurant and hotel will be opening in August. This seems real because they’re having a job fair the weekend of July 11!
“We are not yet accepting reservations for the hotel or restaurant, but if you’d like to leave your name and phone number, we can contact you as soon as we are ready to move forward with that.”
So, need a job in New Prague? Now’s your chance! Need a good place to drive in September for fall-color rubber-necking, kolachy, and wild game? Cross your fingers. Things are looking up.
212 Main St W., New Prague