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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Red Shack Is Now Serving Tex-Mex in Dogtown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 10:39 AM

click to enlarge The Red Shack opened last Friday at 6401 West Park Avenue in the heart of Dogtown. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • The Red Shack opened last Friday at 6401 West Park Avenue in the heart of Dogtown.

Larry and Angie Lampert's Tex-Mex restaurant the Red Shack (6401 West Park Avenue) has risen from the ashes of their McCausland spot the Q-Shack to open in the heart of Dogtown.



The father-and-daughter team's new location sits on the corner of Tamm and West Park avenues. They’re continuing to offer affordable tacos and burritos, only this time in a brick-and-mortar building instead of a souped-up trailer. The Red Shack opened officially last Friday.



“We ended up here, and it just kind of worked out well for us,” Angie Lampert says. “It’s everything we did before. We do make everything ourselves. Our sides, our sauces, our meat; everything is made in house with our own recipes.”

click to enlarge Angie Lambert says The Red Shack is meant to offer food somewhere between Taco Bell and Mission Taco. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • Angie Lambert says The Red Shack is meant to offer food somewhere between Taco Bell and Mission Taco.
The Q-Shack, the Lamperts' former operation on McCausland, closed after the property was sold in early March. It was a tiny space, a trailer in the middle of a parking lot — albeit a trailer with a huge partially covered deck around it for open-air seating.

Their newest location is a bit more traditional, and will be open year-round instead of only during the warmer months. They've remade a former insurance office into a small fast-casual taco and burrito shop with a walk-up counter, a good portion of seating and several Mexican soda options. Best of all, it's in walking distance of most of Dogtown's landmarks.

The Lamperts had originally opened the Q-Shack as a barbecue joint, but made the switch to Tex-Mex during their seasonal closing. 

“It really just kind of happened," Angie Lampert explains. "More and more barbecue places are popping up everywhere. It's becoming one of those convenience things that you go to whatever's in your neighborhood." In St. Louis, tacos aren't quite as ubiquitous: “We know that gourmet tacos are going very well, so we wanted to come in between Taco Bell and Mission Taco.”

After some speed bumps with zoning issues, the daughter-father team began renovating the Dogtown building in late April.

click to enlarge The Red Shack offers four different meats with their tacos and burritos; classic ground beef, pork in red sauce, shredded chicken and hobo shredded chicken. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • The Red Shack offers four different meats with their tacos and burritos; classic ground beef, pork in red sauce, shredded chicken and hobo shredded chicken.

The Red Shack’s menu features grilled fish tacos, six combo plates, burritos, enchiladas, arroz con pollo, nachos and several sides. For the tacos and burritos, four different meat options are offered; the classic ground beef (aka "taco meat"), pork in red sauce, shredded chicken and "hobo shredded beef."

Counter service is speedy. On the day we visited, most customers were in-and-out just minutes after ordering.

Angie Lampert says the first few days have been busy, and she believes the neighborhood is happy to have the Red Shack.

“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from the neighborhood and on Facebook,” Angie Lampert says. “The neighborhood is happy that we’re here.”

The Lamperts' new operation is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting June 8.

click to enlarge The inside of The Red shack is simple. Plenty of seating is offered and orders are taken over-the-counter. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • The inside of The Red shack is simple. Plenty of seating is offered and orders are taken over-the-counter.

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