Red Ginger Opens After Two Month Closure

Doors are finally open once again at Red Ginger.

The restaurant was forced to close in May when a pillar collapsed.

The popular downtown Traverse City restaurant re-opened at 3:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon.

A brick column crumbled on a busy Friday night in May. No one was hurt, but the owners had to shut down immediately to make the building safe.

The column has been replaced with even more support.

“It’s so exciting and our staff is on cloud nine. They can’t wait to open,” said Pam Marsh, owner.

People lined up down front street as they waited for Red Ginger to open. The restaurant was forced to shut down two months ago after a brick column collapsed.

But, now the restaurant is back in business.

“We’re excited. We just happen to be downtown and we walked by and saw a sign that said welcome back Red Ginger,” said Deanie Schwannecke, customer.

Chelsea Simon is supposed to have her wedding rehearsal dinner at Red Ginger in less than two weeks.

“I always trusted they would be open. They have always had a good reputation in the city and they kept close contact with me,” said Chelsea Simon, customer.

And other customers brought the entire family down for dinner.

“We always come here every year for our family vacation. They come up form downstate, so we never miss a chance coming here,” said Schwannecke.

The staff here has been extremely busy since Monday, getting ready for the big day.

“We’ve been prepping food, making everything in house, running systems, checking computers and firing up all of our equipment,” said Marsh.

Although it was a lot of work, the staff is just happy to see all their loyal regulars again.

“We have so many customers that are so committed to is and we’re excited to see them,” said Marsh.

Owners say they are already booking reservations for the weekend. To book a reservation, click here.