Last week Red Hot & Blue at 1900 Hillsborough Street closed for good. Staff showed up for work only to find the doors locked. Many have been left without payment. The restaurant sat on the prominent corner, replacing the shuttered Darryl’s, and sharing a wall with the Player’s Retreat. There was an ongoing dispute with the Player’s Retreat over shared dumpsters. The PR even went so far as to setup a sign on the street complaining of the BBQ chain’s debt. Lastly, Red Hot & Blue is said to be 7 months behind on rent.
We can’t help but wonder how big of a factor the Hillsborough Street makeover played in the failure of the restaurant.
This is not Red Hot & Blue’s first foray on Hillsborough Street, in 2001 they closed their doors a smaller version located where Shanghai Express is now open.
Hat tip to reader Richard S for sharing and for the image.