'Chief Wahoo bratwurst' from Columbia Station butcher sparks online debate

COLUMBIA STATION, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Indians and MLB may be doing away with the Chief Wahoo logo, but one Northeast Ohio butcher shop is naming a bratwurst after the Native American symbol.

Gibbs Butcher Block in Lorain County shared a photo on Facebook that said "Chief Wahoo will always live on here at Gibbs."

The photo from the Lorain County butcher shop triggered mixed reviews. Some said they can't wait to stop in to try the bratwurst, while others said they will be avoiding the shop from now on.

Chief Wahoo will be phased out from the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise by the start of the 2019 season.

"Chief Wahoo has been here for 15 years. I don't see any reason for him to go," said Gibbs Butcher Store Owner, Jim Dixon.

For Dixon, the message is pretty clear.

"We're not gonna change anything we've been doing for 15 years," said Dixon.

The Baseball park themed sausage has been sold for over a decade.

"It has stadium mustard, onions, beer. The Guys love it for the tailgating," said Dixon.

But after finding out the baseball team was doing away with the iconic logo, the shop decided to not follow suit.

"We posted it on Facebook a couple of days ago and we have over 1000 likes," said Dixon.

"He's got a great product. The Chief Wahoo Product, well that's the reason I'm here. That's to buy some Chief Wahoo Sausage today," said Mark Ondrejech

Dixon is also certain that it'll be a long time before Chief Wahoo is totally disassociated with the Indians.

"I'm sure everyone's gonna be wearing a Chief Wahoo hat and a Chief Wahoo Jacket at the game. You're just not gonna see it on the players," Dixon said.

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