Red House Tavern re-opens in Canton
Red House Tavern in Canton, closed since 2009, has re-opened as a bar resembling "a Boulder Colorado Ski Lodge," according to the bar's recent press release.
Ron Singer, who bought the bar last July, said the Canton bar re-opened earlier this month.
The Red House Tavern was owned by John Harris and his family for four years starting in 2005.
But, business was so slow in 2009 that the family first organized a fund-raiser for the bar, and later closed it.
Last year, Singer bought Red House for $325,000, according to property records, with plans to renovate it and turn it into a casual corner bar with regular acoustic music and dart leagues.
Renovations at the bar started in July 2010. Singer, who also manages Leon's and Triple L in Mt. Vernon, said he added tin ceilings, a book exchange library, and restored a fire place and a Victorian-style bar.
On April 1, the bar was "reborn as a boutique restaurant and bar with a decor and ambience (sic) resembling a 'Boulder Colorado Ski Lodge,'" according to the press release. On Saturday and Sunday, the bar will have a free BBQ meet-and-greet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to introduce itself to the neighborhood. Attendees also get one free Natty Boh.
Singer said he's not sure if the bar will host live music as it had before.
The liquor board has signed off on its entertainment license, but its zoning board hearing isn't until June. Neighbors had complained about loud music before, Singer said.
For now, the bar will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Happy hour - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week - features 2-for-1 rail drinks and $1.50 Natty Boh pints. There will also be a reverse happy hour from midnight to 2 a.m. with $2 domestic pints and $4 Jameson shots, a holdover from the previous owners.The bar, at 2239 Essex St., will also serve food, with a menu that includes Fried Green Tomatoes, Duck Nachos, and pulled short rib spring rolls.