Red Haven restaurant to close and reopen with new business model

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OKEMOS, Michigan — A farm-to-table restaurant in Okemos is closing later this month, but owners say they have something else in the works.

“These years have been quite difficult for the restaurant industry. We’ve been trying for a while to figure out how to make Red Haven work in this wild world we’ve known for the past few years,” said co-owner Nina Santucci.

The Red Haven restaurant has been around for nearly 10 years, but the owners say the status quo is coming to an end due to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Rising food prices and staffing issues are part of the owners’ decision to close the restaurant and try something different.

“We’ve found over the last year that one of the most successful things for us is private dinners, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, weddings, things like that. This is where the space lends itself well and allows us to be better prepared,” Santucci said.

What they’re now calling Red Haven 2.0 will open this fall, offering a more personalized dining experience under a slightly different name.

Santucci says they will likely invest between $20,000 and $30,000 to transform the space and look to reopen in September under the new model.

Red Haven plans to host a ticketed dinner special for its final weekend. Tickets for this are on sale now.

Red Haven’s last day of operation is June 18.

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