Red’s Chicken closes its doors after 3 months

Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 20:44 - Written by CASEY MURPHY

Red’s Famous Fried Chicken in Tyler closed after being in business for about three months.

Co-owner Ed Robleski confirmed Monday that the restaurant closed on Thursday and said the private investment group backing the eatery ran out of money.

Bill Watson, a representative of Consolidated Restaurants, said they were disappointed Red’s Famous Fried Chicken chose to close, and they have no current plans for the building. Red’s was a subtenant to Consolidated Restaurants, which he said controls the property and has it under lease but does not own it. Watson said he believes Red’s had about 20 employees.

Travelers on Loop 323 could see workers removing the restaurant’s sign on Monday.

In November, Robleski acknowledged the lightning-quick pace at which the venue changed from Tyler Ranch Bar and Grill to Red’s Famous Fried Chicken, leaving little time to build awareness and momentum for a new, original entity.

Robleski, a third-generation restaurateur who was born in Chicago but grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, hatched the idea with his wife, Lisa, in June. After realizing that some former associates from his time working for El Chico’s parent company were looking to relieve ownership of the venue, at 426 ESE Loop 323, Robleski quickly formed a team of investors, created Red’s LP, and by Oct. 8 had remodeled the venue and reopened it as Red’s Famous Fried Chicken.


Stewart Smith contributed to this report.