The tavern that has long stood at 112 2nd St. in downtown Cedar Rapids has closed it doors as of today.

Red's Public House was a funky, gritty drinking hangout for many downtown white and blue collar workers. The place that featured a few sidewalk cafe tables and chairs has posted a sign on it's front door, but little information about the reason for it's closing has been released.

photo: TSM File
photo: TSM File


My sources say it's possible that Red's would reopen with a complete interior makeover under new ownership and management in early December.

As of this writing Red's Facebook page and website still lists a complete menu and schedule of activities. But those sites will likely be shuttered very soon.

Red's was a bit unique from other area establishments, as it was not a "fancy" high-end downtown bar with lavish, expensive drinks. It was much more of a comfortable joint for those who wouldn't want to be reminded that they have to wear a suit and tie at the office.

We'll keep you posted on any news about a re-opening. But as for now, Red's is closed.

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