Herald Journal, July 14, 2003
Red's offers expanded menu of breakfast, dinners
By Julie Yurek
Owner Paul Harding heard a call for breakfast items, he said.
Patrons can order anything from eggs and toast, to French toast, to omelets night or day.
Harding wanted to offer food items that other restaurants in town do not, he said.
Besides breakfast items, Red's features about 15 sandwiches, which include BLT, Reuben, and Denver sandwiches.
For evening customers, dinners are available, along with a children's menu that features activities to keep little ones entertained. Seniors will also find a section for them.
Pizza will continue to be available, he said.
The Monday through Friday pizza buffet will stay, and a Sunday brunch buffet will be added, Harding said.
Harding is the former manager of Rosie's Restaurant in Hutchinson, which was owned by Happy Chef, he said. He worked for Happy Chef since 1993 until two months ago, when Wendy's bought Rosie's Restaurant from Happy Chef, he said.
He managed Happy Chef restaurants in five cities, including Roseville, Rogers, Shakopee, Willmar, and Hutchinson.
Before Happy Chef, he worked in management at Mrs. Field's Cookies and Woolworth's.
Harding has degrees in music and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
His first experience in management came while working off-campus during college, he said.
Red's closed July 2 until today for cleaning, hiring employees, and securing contracts with food vendors. It will open for breakfast Tuesday, July 15 at 7 a.m., Harding said.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Only about five of the existing employees wanted to stay on, he said. He is looking to hire five to 10 more.
Harding and his family, wife Jenni and two children, live in Hutchinson.
He likes the community of Howard Lake and the growth it is going through. "It's a growing town and the location is great," he said.
He wanted to stay close to his home because he had moved each time he was assigned to a new Happy Chef restaurant, he said.
Happy Chef wanted him to move to Iowa, but he didn't want to move anymore, he said.