Gasthof's Mario Pierzchalski issues apology letter for Nazi-themed dinner

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Mario Pierzchalski with Nazi impersonators
Mario Pierzchalski, the owner of Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit, has issued an apology letter to the community for the Nazi-themed dinner held at his restaurant on Martin Luther King Day.

Pierchalski posted the letter in the comments section of City Pages' initial post about the dinner. The letter was also tucked into a recent issue of the Bottineau Gazette, the Bottineau neighborhood's local paper.

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The story behind a Nazi-themed dinner at Gasthof's

A number of protests -- including a flash mob event during which protesters' cars were towed at Pierzchalski's orders -- have been held outside Gasthof's since City Pages broke news of the dinner party in March.

In the letter, Pierzchalski maintains that the group was a private party of World War II re-enactors. He insists that more than just German re-enactors were present, though this has yet to be confirmed. The photos that emerged from the event depicted only Nazi flags, uniforms, and Nazi "tour" t-shirts.

"At no time during this party was there any activity that would be in violation of my restaurant policies or my personal policies," Pierzchalski wrote.

The letter in its entirety can be found below.

"My name is Mario Pierzchalski, and I am the owner and operator of Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit restaurant. This statement is in response to the publicity surrounding an event at my restaurant on January 20, 2014.

A group of people, who are members of a World War ll reenactment group, made reservations for a private party on a Monday, a day when we are normally closed to the public. Private parties are sometimes held on Mondays so groups of people can have privacy for whatever reason they choose. As long as their activities are not illegal, immoral, or unethical, I do not interfere with their celebrations. Most parties are not large enough to justify closing the restaurant to the public, but on Mondays, we are normally closed, and I gladly accept private parties for that day. My restaurant did not sponsor or plan this event, but only provided a dining space with food and drink.

For this particular group, there were props and costumes used for the gathering. Yes, some people were dressed in German military uniforms, but there were also people dressed in Italian and Allied (American, British, etc.) military uniforms. At no time during this party was there any activity that would be in violation of my restaurant policies or my personal policies.

I was born and raised in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1983. Many of my friends and family members back home were victimized by the atrocities perpetrated against the Polish people by the Nazis during World War ll. Though I was born a short time after that was ended, I witnessed the physical and emotional scars left behind. I flat out reject with disgust the actions of the Nazis during World War ll along with any sympathizers who attempt to glorify or participate in similar evil and inhumane behaviors today.

I left Poland seeking political asylum in the United States after being persecuted for actively opposing Communism and openly supporting the Solidarity movement. There could be nothing more offensive or demeaning to me than to support any activities which portray or promote Nazi beliefs. The dinner at my restaurant, which was this particular group's last, was a reenactment dinner with its participants playing historical parts.

Regretfully, I have become aware that may people have been negatively affected by this situation. Most of those are people with whom I honestly believe that I align myself.

I have spent over two decades building a reputation and trust among my customers and the community. For anyone, customers, non-customers or the community, who has been negatively impacted by this situation, I extend my wholehearted apology and say I am sorry."


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86 comments
Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

And now that there's been an apology , let's not accept it and keep bitching.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

There's a First Amendment these people have the right to free speech, expression and the right to gather.

Get over it!    IMO, he should have not given an apology.

Frances E Robison
Frances E Robison

Did anyone actually read the letter? The part that says it was not a NAZI party but a WWII enactment with the allied forces in attendance was new to me. I find the owners explanation plausible. He also knows more about what happened in the war more than the average moron on FB. He has more reason to be offended by the party than many making noise over it. Give the guy a break. Never forget, but be never become the ones we deplore.

Merete Larson
Merete Larson

Immoral? Unethical? Against my personal policies? F u Gasthofs for making a buck anyway you can. Never frequenting your establishment again - from a former regular

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

maybe hes just a hater..admit it

JCVN
JCVN

Too little, too late.

Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

The holocaust ended. Get over it. I wish I had a historical event to get worked up about that I never actually personally experienced. The only way to eradicate offensive things is to STOP GETTING OFFENDED BY BULLSHIT.

Lara Zimberoff
Lara Zimberoff

Seems to me the perpetrators of the "get a life you bored loser you're lame for getting angry about something that doesn't affect you" type posts here are ironic in a dumb dick kinda way.

Deborah Fiscus
Deborah Fiscus

Any of the commenters have people in their world with first hand experience of the devastation to those who were affected by Nazi Germany? Do you feel you know more than Mister Pierchalski ? With most of the modern"scandal" there were likely lawyers involved, holding off issueing a statement. But carry on judging. I guess that's what the internet is meant for.

TheWifelyPerson
TheWifelyPerson

As one of the organizers of the flash mob, let me clarify something. Our protest was not about denying the re-enactors free speech. The Nazi Party party was not illegal.They were exercising their right of free speech just as we did on that Wednesday night.


Our position is that no re-enactment of WWII is complete without the acknowledgement of the victims of the Nazis, ALL victims, including the soldiers who gave their lives so that others might live. 


To put words into our silent mouths implying that we thought the place should be closed, put out of business or anything else is just plain wrong. Mr. Pierchalski's letter makes one believe that he did not think festooning his restaurant with swastikas and bunting might give a "wrong" impression. But since he's been allowing this party to be held in his establishment for 6 years does make one wonder what he actually did think would happen. That is between him and his patrons.


But that is NOT what the protest was protesting. Our silence was to give a different kind of voice to those who perished in the Holocaust. That was more than enough.

Jordon Johnson
Jordon Johnson

We live in a world where people look for reasons to be offended. Most people are over dramatic and bored.

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

At first I thought "hey this is just a dinner rehearsal" but then after thinking about this and remembering that of the 11 million people killed during the Holocaust, six million were Polish citizens. Three million were Polish Jews and another three million were Polish Christians. Most of the remaining victims were from other countries including Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, France and even Germany. And that if it was the early 1940's and most of us Minnesotans are from those countries and Germany we would be forced into concentration camps and if you weren't between a certain age you'd be murdered in gas chambers and burned to have your ashes dumped in a river. I so I have personally taken offense to this because I have Czech in us.

Krista Ostrom
Krista Ostrom

Seems like more of a "sorry you're offended" apology and not a "sorry because it was wrong" apology. It's too bad. I always liked this place.

Rachel Laitala
Rachel Laitala

This really needs to go away. It is over and people simply need to get over it... This is all over our social media pages is because the people who don't agree with it are posting, and talking about, it everywhere....

Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

Also, I was there the day that pathetic protest happened. The protest is actually what made me want to go there (I have a distaste for radicals, in any sense). We drove past the nominal amount of fools with signs, pulled into the PACKED parking lot. Luckily we had reservations or we would have been waiting over an hour to eat. I had the salmon, it was delicious. Everyone was cheering and singing and having a blast. Gasthof's is NOT hurting for business. If I had to guess, this apology was issued just to shut up the crybabies.

Jen Cleveland
Jen Cleveland

The apology and mea culpa should have been issued formally in writing a month ago, after the CP broke the original story. Now, we all know he did wrong, can we please stop kicking the dead horse? If you're that offended, don't eat there.

Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

You idiots need to LIGHTEN THE FUCK UP. I don't think he needed to apologize for shit. WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE A WW2 REENACTMENT DINNER? I hope you all have aneurisms from stressing out over people not being PC enough. Get hobbies, losers.

Anthony James Brooks
Anthony James Brooks

Reenactment you say? On MLK Day? lol, yeah right. Plenty of other places to get some wienerschnitzel and wurst. Protip to Mario: You are going to need a much smaller tent for next year's Oktoberfest.

Aaron Nelson
Aaron Nelson

So the inquisition is still a valid fear because there are some crazy Christians? There are crazy people everywhere. He didn't kill anyone because he was a nazi. He killed someone because he's a lunatic.

Kelly Boedigheimer
Kelly Boedigheimer

Aaron Nelson...the movement is dead? Tell that to the families of the victims of yesterday's shooting.

Athena Retsinas
Athena Retsinas

Lots of places serve beer in Minneapolis. I don't feel like going there anymore.

Aaron Nelson
Aaron Nelson

Assuming that they are real Nazis. That movement is dead. Have you met any self proclaimed nazis recently? They are a joke. In my opinion these men and women had no intention to hurt anyone. They have been having this dinner for years and this is the first any of us a hearing about it. And I think it is terrible that people are boycotting the restaurant. I'm sure the line cooks making minimum wage had nothing to do with it and it is not fair that they may very well lose their job because if these people.

Karen Watson
Karen Watson

Yeah, Aaron, this "celebration" of such a dark part of our past is merely "distasteful." I mean, if someone is a Nazi, then hey, let them be. Afterall, hate never hurt anyone. Anyone offended, complete hoser.

Ben Brausen
Ben Brausen

Cars that were towed because they were parked in a lot for customers when they were not customers. I'm missing your point with that unless it's to highlight the fact that the protesters and journalist there were in the wrong.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

So beyond over this story...... Just get over it and move on people. Stop beating a dead horse.

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

Eric, I'm just a boring middle aged dad who reads to much. I might have been fun once, long ago....

FedUpWithIdiots
FedUpWithIdiots

@Truth_Teller_1 Do you have any idea what the first amendment is even about?  Do you understand what free speech is?

Cause it really doesn't seem like it..

jayetts
jayetts

Frances you're naive.  He knew exactly what this was, and IT WASN'T an educational reenactment gathering.  It's been revealed that the organizer of this event has nazi tattoos for God's sake.  

jayetts
jayetts

6,000,000 innocent people killed....get over it?!?!?  I couldn't agree more that people are too easily offended these days, but the Houlocaust...we better never get over it and never forget, so history doesn't repeat itself.  

TheWifelyPerson
TheWifelyPerson

Some of us have that experience as the children of survivors and soldiers. We lived with hearing our parents cry out in the night. We may not have been there, but we sure lived within the immediate aftermath. We saw the devastation of the souls. We lost branches of our families. Do we know more than he does? We know different parts. And those of us who live knowing that our grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins died in the camps and ghettos died en mass have the right to an opinion. 


I guess you might call that judging. I call it honoring the dead, and that's a perfectly appropriate use of the internet. 

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

And some are one generation removed from a mass genocide of their families.

jayetts
jayetts

6,000,000 people killed, and we should just "get over it" because of Rachel.  

ignobliss
ignobliss

Like it went away for the people murdered in Kansas on Sunday by a white supremacist, Rachel?  

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

So, it's all over social media because its popular.... ummm yes, that's true.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

You have a distaste for radicals so naturally you went to support the guy who has dinners celebrating Nazis.   I don't think you know what words mean.  

ignobliss
ignobliss

My hobby is going to be ridiculing pathetic losers like Hanni Kenny.  Your tattoos are almost as ugly as your soul you bitch, Hanni.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

You would have it nowhere.  Because our culture is not ready yet to glorify mass genocide.

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

Agreed- me and the 20+ we went with the last few years are out. See you down at Gluek's!

ignobliss
ignobliss

Hey Aaron Nelson, read the paper much?  Overland Park Kansas.  You are a moron.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@FedUpWithIdiots:  Well you have the most idiotic response - a question, without an answer or opinion or fact.  If you have something to say - then say it!

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