Shawn Monday is done with white tablecloths. After seven years at fine-dining spot Downtown 140, he's now ready for something more laid-back. He's gearing up to open two casual concepts down the street in the former Vue space at First and Main in Hudson. The comfort food tavern One Red Door is slated to open in early August, and gourmet burger spot Flip Side will follow one to two months later.
Q. Why two restaurants at once?
A. Instead of trying to fill this massive [6,000-square-foot] space, it's easier to split them in two. The bigger space is going to be One Red Door. It will be a tavern concept: small plates, a lot of bite-size things, a few charcuteries and cheese plates. We're throwing in an old pizza oven, and we'll make some traditional flatbreads. Flip Side is a gourmet, all-natural burger bar with chef-driven toppings and 15 tap beers. We want it to feel like this retro '70s-style restaurant and put records on the walls and have all high-top tables.
Q. What's behind the red door?
A. The whole idea behind the name [One Red Door] is we're going to get a 10-foot antique door from a shop that sells refurbished stuff from the 1800s and have it repainted in bright Corvette red. The main reason behind the "one" is that we feel we want to open a couple of restaurants and this is the first. So the next one would be "two" something, and so on.
Q. Why the switch to casual?
A. It's a whole new concept for us. I enjoy going out to concepts like that, like Bar Cento and Momocho — casual, great food that's more chef-driven and fun. I want to cook food that I want to eat.