Kelly Gardner, and her husband Rick, say when they bought the Red Hut Cafe in Lake Tahoe, they were buying a part of history. "It's history in Tahoe because it's been there for 54 years so it's just a part of the history of Tahoe."
And now the latest chapter in the Red Hut Cafe's book is being written in the heart of Reno. The original Red Hut opened in 1959. There are now three in South Shore within 6 miles of each other. Last year, they opened one in Carson City at the bottom of Spooner Summit. But Kelly wanted one in her backyard. "I was born and raised in Sparks and so I wanted one down here by my mom and dad and brother and cousins so this was the next logical place."
And it's all about family at Red Hut. The walls are covered with pictures of employees' kids. The cook's mom started 30 years ago at the original Red Hut and his sister worked in at the Carson location. In fact, the company has about 200 employees. And many stick around for decades. Because to Kelly and Rick, history and family are what make Red Hut so special. "We just tried to bring some history and some character and some coziness. They were tearing down Moana and I was heartbroken because I grew up going to ball games there so I got the history from Moana."
The scoreboard, bleacher seats and soon to be room honoring the old Moana Stadium where Kelly's dad and brother played make the Reno location special to Northern Nevadans.
And the food will surely make it a favorite amongst locals. And the soda fountain is a hit with the teenagers. The restaurant is open from 6am-3pm. The soda fountain is open until 8pm in the winter time and 10pm during summer.
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:02:30 GMT
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