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May 19, 2009 08:50 AM

Red Hot Lovers, Ann Arbor; any update?

Is this place gone for good, or are they expected to reopen?

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  1. There was talk of reopening somewhere else, but I rode by there two days ago and there was no sign of anything new, literally or figuratively.

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    1. re: Jim M

      I just heard about this today from a friend visiting Ann Arbor, what a tragedy.

    2. An update on the RHL website insists that they WILL be back!

        1. re: quayfisher

          Thanks for the update. I hope this place is for real. I may fly in from NY just to check it out.

        2. It's open. Son went Saturday. Complained that the new decor is too nice, and not funky enough for the nostalgic. The owner simply said: "Try the food." Son did.

          Guy was right. New name; same wonderful dogs.

          You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

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          1. re: Ravenjon

            There's been some local coverage over the last few days. Apparently the manager is the guy who owned it in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Should still be great, although they switched from Vienna Beef dogs to a different Chicago vendor, Red Hot Chicago.

            In other Ann Arbor hot dog news, there's a new place called Wise Guys on Packard, where Bev's Caribbean used to be. It's run by U-M students and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. They also have Chicago-style dogs with all the toppings, and they do use Vienna Beef. They also have a similar "Ann Arbor dog" with a Nathan's skinless frank--I don't think you can get that anywhere else around here. I had one and liked it.