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The Red Herring kaput

By johnboy - 9 June 2011 42

the red herring

Facebook has the sad news that the Red Herring Cafe has ended its brave experiment with running a different sort of coffee shop in Civic.

Dear Loyal Patrons of the Herring,

I’m afraid I have bad news. Probably the worst news I’ve ever had to break to anyone. Sure, no one’s died, nothings burnt down or been stolen. But unfortunately, it’s still over. That’s right. We’re closed for business.

On Friday they shut of the power and it all comes to an end. No more Thursday-midnight-games, no more Fiery Rainbows, no more staff-patron twister, Nuttela-Chinos, sexy coffee girls on rollerblades and cheap-ass nachos.

This wasn’t how we wanted it to end, but sometimes these things are beyond our control and I guess that’s life my coffee addicted friends. We tried, we tried so hard to make this work. And in a way it did, I think we left a mark, and memories that the people of Canberra will talk about for years to come, because we had here was something special. A truly safe space where people could be themselves, safe from the prejudicial realities of everyday life.

So keep us in your hearts at this difficult time. Today will be our last full day of trading, and tomorrow we’ll party. From 7pm onwards, (power or no power) we will be having a candle light vigil come glow stick rave, to say goodbye. The Red Herring, all ages, End of the World Party. Because life goes on.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
The Red Herring kaput
boneymaloney 11:45 am 10 Jun 11

^^ The first riotact mention was 16th Feb, so for us I guess it lasted four-ish months. Not two weeks, but still a pretty s***** run.

p1 11:35 am 10 Jun 11

Dante said :

People will still be talking about Toast, as they are still today.

Why are people talking about toast today? Did someone burn it and set of the fire alarm again?

Skidd Marx 11:21 am 10 Jun 11

It lasted what – 2 weeks? I guess that’s why not many 19 year olds make it in the business world.

RiotFrog 9:48 am 10 Jun 11

The coffee was ok, the food was terrible.
Interesting idea for a cafe tho’. Hopefully the owner(s) can learn from this and have better luck the second time around?

Eppo 8:33 am 10 Jun 11

I guess all the chalk they used to graffitti City Walk wasn’t cheap.

schmeah 8:28 am 10 Jun 11

‘A truly safe space where people could be themselves, safe from the prejudicial realities of everyday life.’ – Wow! Tickets even Nelson Mendela would be proud of! That’s right Canberra, we’re all a of xenophobes, homophobes, misogynists and an array of other -phobes … you have been warned.

Eyeball In A Quart J 12:02 am 10 Jun 11

This is why Canberra can’t have nice things.

breda 8:53 pm 09 Jun 11

Live by Facebook, die by Facebook.

So, was the coffee any good?

Lazy I 7:41 pm 09 Jun 11

I blame the bow-tied lesbians.

Wily_Bear 7:18 pm 09 Jun 11

I visited the Red Herring once. I had a near uncontrollable urge to tidy the place up. Needless to say, it was hardly relaxing

Golden-Alpine 6:20 pm 09 Jun 11

Never heard of it….

Holden Caulfield 5:17 pm 09 Jun 11

How long has this place been around? Makes it sound like 20 years or more.

Good on them for trying something new, I guess. But maybe there’s just not enough smiling lesbians around to serve people their coffee. Or bow ties.

Mysteryman 5:09 pm 09 Jun 11

So… love free love can’t pay the rent, hey? Who would have thought…

Dante 4:55 pm 09 Jun 11

It’s that type of self-important wankery that made me stay away from the place.

And I’m sorry, but people won’t be talking about the Red Herring for years to come. People will still be talking about Toast, as they are still today.

pierce 3:58 pm 09 Jun 11

“On Friday they shut of the power and it all comes to an end.” == We can’t afford to pay our bills?

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