Biz Beat: The Red Hut cooking up a third location |

Biz Beat: The Red Hut cooking up a third location

Elaine Goodman and Sara Thompson

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A family-owned restaurant that has been packing in breakfast customers for 50 years is opening a new location in the Ski Run Shopping Center.

The Red Hut now has two locations, one on Kingsbury Grade and the other at 2723 Lake Tahoe Blvd., and there’s often a wait to get a table.

And so, Red Hut owners Nancy and Dick Gardner decided a third location would be a good idea.

“We thought it was worth giving it a try,” Nancy Gardner said.

The Gardners also are enthusiastic about the new Ski Run Shopping Center, which is being built by Gardner Construction. Businesses have started moving back into the first phase of the rebuilt center, which includes the KFC restaurant. The Red Hut will be in the center’s second phase that now is under construction, right on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Highway 50. Gardner expects the new location to open in March.

“That entire center is such a plus for South Lake Tahoe,” Gardner said. “It looks good – it’s an uplift.”

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The new Red Hut will be slightly larger than the two existing locations. Although the outside of the building will look different, inside the decor will be similar, with red countertops and black tables.

Customer favorites such as “The Usual,” a combination of eggs and biscuits with gravy, will be served.

With its proximity to the state line redevelopment area as well as South Shore residential neighborhoods, the new location should draw both tourists and locals, said Kelly Gardner, who is Nancy Gardner’s daughter-in-law and a partner in the Red Hut with her husband, Rick.

“We’re really excited,” Kelly Gardner said.

Now that Tahoe Hemp Company (THC) has settled into its new location, the business has expanded.

Owner Rick Krantz said the store has twice the amount of clothing inventory because the store is double the size of the old location.

The store also has more than 1,000 greeting cards for people to choose from. For the upcoming winter season, hemp undergarments (what Krantz refers to as HUGs) will be stocked at THC.

THC is seeing increased foot traffic at the new location, and Krantz said they’re gaining new clientele.

Besides expanding the inventory, Krantz said he is reaching out into special events. The business will sponsor the Zephyr Cove Pro Am Disc Golf Tournament and provide hemp-and-cotton-blended T-shirts.

The store is 3564 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from Lakeland Village. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, but sometimes closes early on Sundays.

(City Editor Elaine Goodman reported on The Red Hut opening.)

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