A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 19, 2017
“Why didn’t people want to go to the German restaurant?"/"It was always too krauted.”

There have been several German restaurant puns on the word “kraut,” usually with “krauted” meant to sound like “crowded.”

“I can’t get a seat in this German restaurant! It’s so krauted in here...” was posted on Twitter on October 24, 2011. “I want to try a German restaurant, but they’re always krauted” was posted on Twitter on August 25, 2014.


Wikipedia: Kraut
Kraut is a German word recorded in English from 1918 onwards as a derogatory term for a German, particularly a German soldier during World War I and World War II. Its earlier meaning in English was as a synonym for sauerkraut, a traditional Central and Eastern European food.

Etymological foundations
In German, the term means “herb”, or designates the leaves and stem of a plant as opposed to the root.

Twitter
Keenan MT
‏@KeenRegard
I can’t get a seat in this German restaurant! It’s so krauted in here…
2:27 PM - 24 Oct 2011

Twitter
Regular Mid-West Gal
‏@Kathleen_Foster
It’s getting krauted in here. RT @bfrysworld: Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. @woodypaige
8:01 PM - 1 May 2012

Twitter
schadenfreude
‏@jc_zeller
Why I don’t like hanging out at the Brisbane German Club? Because it’s always so krauted! #Schenkelklopfer
9:13 AM - 29 Aug 2013

Twitter
Schawn Mayson
‏@schawnmayson
I should head to the German market before it gets too krauted
12:31 PM - 1 Dec 2013

Twitter
Ralf Schwoebel
‏@orgaralf
Ha, the first row in the theatre is German now, almost… #brightonseo would say: looks krauted?
4:39 AM - 24 Apr 2014

Twitter
Patrick Manahan
‏@PatrickJManahan
I want to try a German restaurant, but they’re always krauted.
10:50 PM - 25 Aug 2014 from San Francisco, CA

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Thursday, January 19, 2017 • Permalink