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Tacoma Soup Revolution: Red Hot Edition

by izenmania
on 1/10/2010 @ 3:01pm
I was privileged to sample a trial run of in-house soup (italian sausage and rice) at sausage central, The Red Hot on 6th Ave. Starting this week (I believe), TRH will be jumping on the soup train with a daily soup special.

I think it's a pretty fantastic idea. They already have the space and the equipment, so there's little overhead for an expansion to appeal to anyone not in the mood for a dog. Or better yet, anybody who wants a dog AND some soup (Chris mentioned the positive outcome of a dog dipped in their tomato basil soup).

There is also rumor of occasional shipments of the Rosewood's much coveted Beer Cheese soup, experimentation in other beer-infused soups, and some interest in talking to Infinite Soups about a guest soup or two down the line.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/10/2010 @ 5:04pm

by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2010 @ 5:29pm
I just wish they'd expand into a restaurant so you could bring little ones.

Couldn't they take over the space next door?

by jenyum on 1/10/2010 @ 5:49pm
Me, too. I wish I could go there more often. Smart to have opened so small though they've made it in a time when all the other new places were dropping like flies.

by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2010 @ 6:09pm
yeah. little kids like weird hot dogs and monster movies... missing out on a whole cash cow.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/10/2010 @ 6:39pm
My parents took me to bars all the time when I was a kid, never did me any harm.

by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2010 @ 6:46pm
the staff poo-poo the idea of bringing in babies. trust me I tried.

by beerandhotdogs on 1/11/2010 @ 8:29am
Once I'm done paying off my start-up costs, a under 21 space is on my want list, but I'm happy to just be a small neighborhood tavern. It's not that staff poo-poo the idea, it's that it is illegal to be under 21 and on premise. THE MAN says so.
We just added a beer engine for cask conditioned ale to our regular lineup, and have a few other small things rolling out soon (a new sausage, some new seating, etc.). Thanks for the post, Joe.


by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 8:31am

by fredo on 1/11/2010 @ 8:44am
We would stop in at the Red Hot if families were allowed. We go to the E9 all the time. The kids I've seen in there are always well behaved. Families have to leave before 9PM I believe.

by KevinFreitas on 1/11/2010 @ 8:46am
Can't wait to give the soups a go! I'll be there for my usual Monday night tonight.

The Red Hot as a family restaurant? Hmm... Can't say as I'm a fan. It's nice to have an escape here and there (e.g. Gig Harbor Uptown VIP theater) from the kiddies but I'm thinking especially for the kiddies themselves. It'd be cool if TRH could open another location entirely that welcomed little ones -- otherwise it would need to be a completely separate space imho.

by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 9:24am
age discriminator! ;)

by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 9:26am
look past the screaming and the boogers... every child deserves the right to eat a hot dog and watch their parents drink.

by fredo on 1/11/2010 @ 9:41am
....yes and every parent deserves the right to be publically humiliated.

by KevinFreitas on 1/11/2010 @ 10:58am
Definitely not anti-kid period but I'm a fan of TRH staying kid-free to maintain it's current feel.

by beerandhotdogs on 1/11/2010 @ 12:17pm
Totally Kevin. I'm so not anti-kid that I have one myself. Just in my grandiose dreams of business, a seperate "Red Hot Too" biz opened to kids/families would be cool. Maybe one day!


by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 12:36pm
Could Red Hot 2 be a hot dog cart downtown? Maybe add a bike service window to Red Hot 1? Not a big drinker, but I like your hot dogs.

by beerandhotdogs on 1/11/2010 @ 1:19pm
Thats funny, because TRH was originally designed to be a cart business (sans the craft beer). The city's rules on carts are ridiculous. There are too many built-in regulations that make it so other people can impact your business too greatly. If any biz within 200 feet doesn't want you there, you gotta move...but you also have to have restroom facilities you end up paying rent to a partnering biz to use their facilities...which kinda negates the whole 'mobile' part of having a cart. The liability insurance was also sky-high. All of those reasons kinda made me go brick and mortar, which I'm glad for, because I just joined both of my favorite things into one :)

If you just want dogs, call us up and we'll bring 'em out to ya on the sidewalk. We have a lot of loyal to-go customers who, because of age or bambinos-in-tow, can't come in.


by KevinFreitas on 1/11/2010 @ 5:05pm
Front door, under-21 hot dog delivery outside TRH? Dude that's awesome Chris! Spread the word y'all!

by Non Sequitur on 1/11/2010 @ 5:10pm
If they won't let your kids in, boycott the Red Hot until they change their policy.

Stop complaining and start voting with your wallet. If a business won't cater to you, don't support them. It's economical Darwinism, it's how the free market is supposed to work.

by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 6:46pm
we do that on hot summer nights... ride down to red hot on the tandem... that's why we got a basket on our bike... for hot dogs. Chris at the TRH will even throw a moon pie in your pick up bag sometimes. That's quality service.

by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2010 @ 6:49pm
also, the unfriendly food-in-a-cart atmosphere of Downtown Tacoma was going to be one of the top 5 priorities for my city council re-election bid.