Over 120 years ago, in 1898, Bohemian immigrant Wenceslaus S. Broz constructed a building in downtown New Prague, MN that would later become the Hotel Broz. Though Broz managed the construction and owned the property, the building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert who is most well known in Minnesota for designing the state capital building.
A “first class” hotel was a measure of a town’s pride and prosperity. The local paper boasted, “One of the first and great requisites of any ambitious and rapidly growing city is a really first-class hotel, and in this respect the needs of New Prague are now supplied by Hotel Broz….”.
The original building featured 17 guest rooms, a dining room, a billiard hall, and the latest modern conveniences of the period. These conveniences included hot and cold running water, bath and toilet facilities, steam heating, and gas lighting and was among the finest hotels in Minnesota.
The building was later known as Schumacher’s, a local restaurant, which operated from 1974 until 2005. Schumacher’s was owned and operated by Chef Jon Schumacher and was destination for those looking to enjoy a four-star European dining experience.
Since 2005 the building has changed hands several times with all the owners being passionately focused on restoring the hotel to its original beauty. Original tin ceilings, beams, and stained glass are featured throughout the space. New features include a modern commercial kitchen, a large patio made of reclaimed bricks framed by two wrought-iron staircases, and a ballroom space large enough to seat 300 guests.
In March of 2018, A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality was brought in to operate the facility under the name of Weddings at the Broz, turning it into a world-class wedding and event venue. Since October of 2018, the site has hosted 32 weddings with over 6,000 guests in attendance. This has been a great tradition, as one of the very first events at the hotel back in 1899 was the wedding of Mr. Broz’s daughter. Photographs of that special event still hang in the venue’s prohibition-style bar today. Though the bar was originally a showroom for traveling salesman to show off their wares for sale, today it is a central gathering point at weddings taking place in the building. Since October of 2018, guests have enjoyed over 200 kegs of beer, and countless adult concoctions.
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A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is the premiere catering provider for Minnesota businesses and residents looking to celebrate their most important occasions. Our mission is to listen to our clients and treat them like family to provide a meaningful, trusting, and lasting relationship.
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