Red’s Not Dead

By Beacon Staff

Less than a week after announcing Red’s Wines and Blues will close down, owner Bill Goodman said Red’s will reopen – with a new look.

“It will be a very different place,” he said. “It will be less of a restaurant and more of a bar.”

The popular downtown Kalispell restaurant will close down at 2 a.m. Saturday night as scheduled. It will reopen “very shortly,” said Goodman, who didn’t have a specific date.

Goodman said he “bit off more than he could chew” by offering three meals a day, a full bar, good wines and cheap prices six days a week. The new Red’s won’t offer breakfast or lunch and the dinner menu will be reduced to predominantly pizzas and burgers. It will still be a live music venue. Other changes include a new floor plan and lounge in the back.

The new hours will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., more traditional bar hours.

He said he wants to make Red’s work, as it’s not only important to him, but to the community as well.

“A lot of people have come in every day, every meal, every minute to say how they will miss Red’s,” he said. “We’ve worked hard to get here and I don’t want to let it go.”

“Maybe we’ll have a prayer of not losing money,” he added.

Red’s will still be for sale, Goodman said.

“The reality is if I close it,” he said. “What do I have for sale?”

Goodman said he needs to be more careful about his cost and labor expenses when Red’s reopens.

“I guess I have to be a better businessman this time around,” Goodman said. “It’s on me.”

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