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Jan 31, 2009 12:13 PM

RIP Red's Java House ?

Today we thought we'd stop at Red's for some of their superb (as in best ever) corned beef hash and saw that the sign that formerly said "open Jan. 6" now says "open in Feb." and a scarier sign in bright orange stating that the premises contained leased equipment belonging to the dishwasher leasing company. We consoled ourselves with fried chicken with red beans and rice (for an astonishing $7.00) at Delancey St. and were delighted, but the demise of Red's would be a great loss for us all.

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  1. I remember Red's having trouble with the landlord wanting to raise the rent to ridicoulous levels. It would be a shame if they were finally pushed out now that the real estate market is bottoming out.

    Delancey Street Restaurant
    600 Embarcadero St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    1. re: rworange

      The landlord is the SF Port Commission (ie, the city). So calls to your local
      Board of Supervisors supervisor may be informative and/or productive.

    2. Walked by today and there was a sign that said they will reopen Thursday at 6AM.

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      1. re: chezchristine

        Another update! The same sign up was up, but the door was open and it looked like someone was puttering around inside. Not open for business, but there was movement!

        1. re: chezchristine

          Thanks for the updates, pls keep reporting in from your nabe!

      2. They're open today!

        1. I'm totally biased in favor of Red's, especially re-opened, but I can honestly say that the double burger I had there last week was the best I've ever had there -- good meat, good bread, well cooked!

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          1. re: BartSFCA

            I love Red's as a place to get outside, either for lunch or for some afternoon beers, but the food here leaves much to be desired. I think the hamburger could be one of the worst I've had in San Francisco. The fries are a little better.

            All that being said, I'm hugely supportive of their re-opening. It's sad to see restauranteurs booted out of locations, and this place is a quasi-institution. Also a very fun place to go and hang outside on a nice day.

            1. re: murdoch

              There must be better places to hang outside and drink beer while scarfing down fries and a burger. Do you think the food at The Ramp is better?

              1. re: Paul H

                The food at the Ramp isn't great, but probably a step up from Red's.

                If you really want to hang outside, drink a beer, and scarf a burger: go to Zeitgeist. Their burger is one of my favorites in San Francisco - cooked over charcoal, and super-tasty. Served with solid home-fry style potatoes. The only drawback is that the kitchen gets super backed up on a nice day and they actually close the order-taking window for large windows of time.

                1. re: Paul H

                  The food at the Ramp is a step up from Red's. The prices at the Ramp are about five steps up.

                2. re: murdoch

                  It's not a quasi-institution, it is an institution. It's been there since 1923 when it was a joint serving longshoremen. The longshoremen have gone to Oakland, but Red's is still there, and you can sense the presence of the ghost of Eric Hoffer there, chomping on a cheeseburger.

                  1. re: Xiao Yang

                    If Eric Hoffer were alive today I think he'd be eating off a taco truck.

                    The food at Red's, institution or not, is greasy spoon at best. Some stuff like eggs, hash, etc., might be good but the burger was not, nor the fries. A beer makes it tolerable but it doesn't make it better. I last ate there about 10 years ago and unless things have changed, I don't see a reason to back.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Red's was always more about price than food. At the time when I worked closest to Red's (less than 20 years ago) I think it was $1.35 for a double cheeseburger and a long-neck bud, The only burger-beer competiton in that price range was at the Maritime Hall in the Sailor's Union (before The Family Dog started producing rock concerts there).

                      1. re: Xiao Yang

                        I didn't find it especially cheap for what it is.

              2. That was a nice place to go to. I think they were getting pushed out too. Last year the neighbors were complaining about them roasting coffee on the premises. Maybe that was the beginning of the end. I don't really know.

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                1. re: martin blanchard

                  "was a nice place" - if you're taking about Red's, it still is a nice place. It has not closed.

                  476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  1. re: martin blanchard

                    they were complaining about the smell of roasting coffee? cretins.