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Reopening After Fire, Red Rabbit Will Have “Fire-Themed Specials”

Just when they thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, Red Rabbit’s North Loop location endured a kitchen fire in late August that shut it down for the final few months of the summer and fall season.

But now, as they get ready to reopen on Tuesday, November 17th, they’re doing it with a sense of humor in hopes of seeing their business get back on track. They’ll be offering fire-themed specials through the end of the month, like wood-fired oysters, fire-roasted salmon, fire-kissed wings, roasted cauliflower, smoky sausage & polenta and a S’mores dessert. They’ve also concocted a couple of smoky cocktails, including a Smoky Manhattan.

“We thought, given the year we are all having, we would have some fun and lighten the mood for employees and guests,” said owner Luke Shimp. “We are even giving out matchbooks to guests with the tagline “We’re Fired Up To Reopen!” for all dine-in or curbside pick-up orders.”

They’re also adding heaters and plexiglass enclosures outside in hopes of extending patio season a little longer.

The August fire was the second in about two years for Red Rabbit, and the investigation this time revealed the likely issue–the design of their exhaust system. So they’re hoping that new equipment plus reconstruction work by their ventilation contractor will prevent any future problems.

They’re currently accepting reservations for their reopening week and beyond.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association

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