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After More Than 30 Years, Fremont’s Craft Beer Bar Pioneer Will Close in March

The Red Door is saying goodbye

The exterior of The Red Door in Fremont on a sunny day, with a patio and a red awning out front.
The Red Door has been around since 1988.
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Fremont will soon have to say goodbye to one of its brewpub mainstays. The Red Door — which has been serving well-loved craft beers and bar bites since 1988 — announced that it will close in early March at the end of its current lease. “We evaluated options for relocating but at this time do not have any plans to do so,” co-owner Pete Hanning tells Eater Seattle. “We can’t speculate on what might happen with our space going forward.” Washington Beer Blog first reported the story.

Since opening in a historic building that used to house the Fremont Drug Company (and was moved in its entirety about a block away in the early 20th century), The Red Door has represented the old guard of beer bars in the neighborhood, serving up a variety of craft beers before it was so ubiquitous. Its snacks, including the cod and chips, were even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network, and its spacious patio was a destination for bar hoppers in the warmer months.

Of course, a lot has changed in that section of Fremont since the late-80s, with plenty of places around the area to find a healthy selection of beer, including nearby Fremont Brewing Company, The George & Dragon Pub, and Brouwer’s Cafe. But for those who want to reminisce about the good ol’ days, there are still a few weeks left to tip a few back at The Red Door.