Red Pepper sets up shop in the Ralph

The location of the new Red Pepper in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Jennifer Friese/The Dakota student.

The “best late night food in America” is coming to the Ralph Englestad Arena this year, and many people are looking forward to the food being available at hockey games.

The Red Pepper will be opening two stands at the arena for the upcoming men’s hockey season, behind section 111 and section 306. The legendary grinder sandwich will be available, as well as tostados, soft shell tacos, Mexi-burgers, hot dogs and chips and sauce. The Red Pepper stands will be taking the spots previously held by Subway in the arena.

The Red Pepper, with two locations in Grand Forks, has been popular with college students for decades due to its late-night hours and inexpensive food. The sandwich shop has been owned by the Tellman family since 1973, but the original store has been in Grand Forks since 1961.

“I think it’s probably a good thing,” UND senior Alexa Beauclaire said. “A lot of people will probably buy it. They will probably do good business at the games.”

The stands will be open in time for the first men’s hockey game on Oct. 5. There is also the possibility for the stands to be open for other events.

The Red Pepper officially announced the news on its Facebook page on Sept. 22. The post garnered more than 700 likes.

Megan Hoffman is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].