Indians add more local flavor to concessions

Indians add more local flavor to concessions

CLEVELAND -- The Indians created a popular destination point with Progressive Field last year, when the team transformed its concourse in center field and right field. The Right Field District brought a little bit of Cleveland inside the stadium's walls through a variety of local restaurant offerings.

As part of the second phase of its ongoing ballpark renovations, the Tribe is taking things a step further. Continuing with the neighborhood-themed concession stops introduced last year, the club announced Wednesday that three more local restaurants have agreed to join the fold for the 2016 season.

The Indians and Delaware North -- the team's concessionaire -- revealed that Happy Dog, Ohio City Burrito and Cleveland Pickle will join the growing list of local favorites to set up shop inside Progressive Field. The new additions will be available in the new Infield District, which will be a part of renovations that are taking place in the main concourse.

"The first phase significantly improved the Right Field District," said Curtis Danburg, the Indians' senior director of communications. "And now we're moving on to the Infield and Left Field Districts, as well showcasing a brand-new scoreboard and sound system, all funded by Gateway and Cuyahoga County. A major reason for the success last year in our renovations was clearly enhancing the ballpark food experience by partnering with popular local restaurants."

Last year, the Indians created a new Gate C entrance in center field, built The Corner rooftop bar, improved the Kids Clubhouse and created the Right Field District. In the latter section, local restaurants Melt, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Dynomite Burger offered food stands.

The current renovation project includes a new club for select season-ticket holders located behind home plate, improved sightlines from the main concourse, a new scoreboard and upgraded concessions offerings. Many of the Indians' other popular concessions will still be available as well.

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Happy Dog -- located at West 58th and Detroit Ave. in Cleveland's Gordon Square neighborhood -- offers unique hot dogs, veggie dogs, french fries and tater tots. An extensive list of toppings, which are all made in-house, are also available.

Ohio City Burrito, which opened in 2009 in Cleveland's Ohio City area, offers a burrito bar and a variety of tacos, salads, nachos and more. The restaurant also has homemade guacamole and original salsas made daily.

Cleveland Pickle, which opened in 2012 and is located in the heart of downtown at Euclid and East Ninth St., offers unique sandwiches with Cleveland names. The shop also features salads, soups and pickles.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.