Halloween was the last day for The Red Room in its Sixth and Main location. The bar packed it in to move across downtown and take over the space previously occupied by Terrapin Station on 16th and Main.
And though Red Room co-owner MItch Thompson had hoped for a seamless transition to the new space, it's taking a little longer to get the new space ready than he'd initially planned on.
"There's just more work to be done to the bathrooms than we expected," says Thompson. "We want to be sure they're basically brand new. We're trying to erase 40 years of history in there."
Thompson says he has also managed to locate the original sign that hung on the outside of the building when it was the legendary Boise venue, The Crazy Horse. He plans to incorporate it into the interior design of the bar.
Though Thompson is hesitant to put a date on when The Red Room will re-open, he projects it will be sometime in late November or early December. Until then, he says, some Red Room employees are helping with the remodel and some are working other jobs. Shows originally planned for The Red Room are either being cancelled or relocated.
"We're moving forward," Thompson says. "But doing it right just takes time."