Red's Famous Fried Chicken in Tyler closes after 3 months in business

TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Red's Famous Fried Chicken in Tyler closed after being in business for about three months.

Co-owner Ed Robleski confirmed today that the restaurant had closed on Thursday and said simply, the private investment group backing the eatery ran out of money. He referred the Tyler Paper to a public relations representative.

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 El Chico Tyler Ranch to Red's Famous Fried Chicken, leaving little time to build awareness and momentum for a brand 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.


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