Union Pub Fills Red River Void

When Red River Grill owner Matt Weiss closed the popular happy-hour spot in January, "rumors started flying that upscale neighbor Lounge 201 had acquired the space with avaricious plans to turn it into another pricey martini joint," this blogger reported in Roll Call on Jan. 27. "What the disgruntled patrons didn’t realize was that Red River Grill and Lounge 201, which share a building at Second Street and Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, had always shared an owner." Weiss closed Red River to rehab the space and start fresh come summer.

Well summer's come and just in time for patio season, Red River has reopened as Union Pub with a new look, new menu and more great happy hour deals. For sports fans, the revamped bar also boasts 10 large TVs, three with 50-inch screens.

Washingtonpost.com's Fritz Hahn had this to say about the new spot: "The patio is vastly improved, thanks to smart new furniture (no more plastic chairs); there are now 15 different frozen drinks, from mango margaritas to strawberry slushies; and the food goes beyond Red River's sloppy Tex-Mex to include panini, wraps, salads and those ubiquitous miniburgers." Read more from the Going Out Gurus blog entry.