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Sound the Alarm: A Sports Bar Is About to Unleash Paczki Burgers on Hamtramck

Plus, a Cinco de Mayo bar crawl gets deservedly dragged for racist marketing

A box of small, jelly-filled paczki at smalls in Hamtramck. Michelle and Chris Gerard
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Paczki burgers debut in Hamtramck

Since the dawn of the paczki coney dog two years ago at American Coney Island, it was only a matter of time before the idea hybrid paczki dishes would spread elsewhere. Beginning Saturday, March 2 and running through Fat Tuesday on March 5, Motor City Sports Bar in Hamtramck will be serving its classic burger on a sugar-coated paczki bun instead of the traditional sesame seed variety. What a time to be alive.

We will be serving Paczki Burgers on March 2 (open at 8 am) for Paczki run and March 5 Paczki day! (While supplies last). Stop in for a drink and try one!!

Posted by Motor City Sports Bar Hamtramck on Friday, February 22, 2019

Michigan’s largest brewery responds to racism allegations months after the fact

Founders Brewing Company was slapped with a lawsuit in October by a former employee who alleged multiple incidents of discrimination at the company. Those claims resurfaced again this month as the brewery responded to questions on social media, according to the Detroit Free Press. In a tweet responding to a question from West Coast Beer Geek, Founders wrote: “Our staff is currently involved in sensitivity training and we are committed to continuing to promote inclusive environment. We hired a Director of Diversity & Inclusion to help ensure our employees feel supported - our sights are set on bettering the industry as a whole.” The brewery was later the subject of a critical blog post by Beer Kulture, and tweeted a response that, “We’ve been reflecting and growing a lot internally over the past several months and hope to have progress to share soon.”

Cinco de Mayo bar crawl issues awkward apology for using racist image

An out-of-state events promoter Bar Crawl Live is getting soundly dragged by Detroit’s Mexican community this week over an offensive photo used to market a Tacos N’ Tequila Crawl in Greektown. In the photo, a group of white women are shown wearing mustaches and sombreros — a Mexican stereotype. The event advertised free sombreros and tacos with a ticket. Dressing up as a caricature of a different culture is never okay, yet people seem to do it again and again. Bar Crawl Live later issued a statement on Twitter: “It has come to our attention that our first annual Taco N’ Tequila Crawl is offensive to many cultures. Although it was not our intent to offend anyone or group, we would like to hear everyone’s thoughts on the changes we should make on our end.” The awkward apology was followed up with another longer statement issued to Metro Times.

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