Tech toys, gold, and red hots
Though Red Hots' bedraggled look was part of its appeal, the kitchen was in dire need of renovation. Behind the scenes, Slade had been trying to negotiate a five-year lease so that he could recoup the cost of a major kitchen overhaul, but negotiations are now over. Landlord Dick Johnston, who owns the Aprill insurance agency, finally declined to renew the lease. Johnston didn't return our calls. Slade promises he'll reopen Red Hots somewhere else near campus by this fall.
[Originally published in March, 2009.]