Temporarily closed for 3 months due to kitchen fire, Red Rabbit in North Loop to reopen

Red Rabbit will be reopening its North Loop Minneapolis location on Tuesday, Nov. 17 after being closed since August.

A kitchen fire had closed down the restaurant’s operations, its second kitchen fire in two years.

"Unfortunately, the hood fire caused more damage than we initially thought and we had to do quite a bit of cleanup, reconstruction and a thorough origin of ignition investigation," said Luke Shimp, owner. "During the investigation, it was discovered the original exhaust design may have been the achilles heel in our two fires, subsequently our ventilation contractor & equipment supplier have installed a new design."

Red Rabbit in Minneapolis closed until further notice due to fire

Taking a light-hearted approach to the developments, a selection of fire-themed specials will be available Nov. 17-30 that includes: wood-fire oysters, fire-roasted salmon, fire-kissed wings, roasted cauliflower, smoky sausage and polenta, and s’mores.

"We thought given the year we are all having we would have some fun and lighten the mood for employees and guests," said Shimp. "We are even giving out matchbooks to guests with the tagline "We’re Fired Up To Reopen!" for all dine-in or curbside pick-up orders."

According to a statement from the business, the Red Rabbit location has also installed new heaters and plexiglass enclosures throughout the patio area to extend outdoor dining as winter arrives.

"We are committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and outdoor dining space is one way to do it," said Shimp.