Redd, the singing bartender, now has a home she can call her very own.



Redd Vizard moved to Santa Rosa Beach in 2007 from Key West, where she performed as a singing bartender at Aqua nightclub. She recreated the singing bartender role in 2008 at Sally's Backside in Blue Mountain Beach when it opened.



Since then, Redd also has taken her saucy performances that include a cabaret style, up and down the coast.



However, she won't have to do that any longer, since leasing the former space of Sally's Backside, which is located in the rear of Sally's By The Sea store and gas station in Blue Mountain Beach.



Redd has very appropriately named her new performing venue "Redd's Fueling Station," since that is where it is located, and she keeps the theme going inside.



Adorning the walls are a variety of pin-up-type pictures revolving around gas stations, and other retro pictures.



There is also a wall dedicated to film stars of the past such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.



"The artwork is a little saucy, but so am I," she says with a grin.



Guests at Redd's Fueling Station will find the singing bartender singing and slinging food and drinks three nights a week Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.



The performer offers a repertoire of 400 songs in just about all genres. The performance is free unless you have a special request. If you want to hear something special, write it down on "something green," she says, and the higher the number on the bill, the quicker you will hear it.



In addition to the namesake singing bartender, patrons can expect to find a trivia game night and guest performances by young, up-and-comers. The guest performances will come from winners at open mic night.



There will also be game night Mondays featuring Monday Night Football in season.



This will be a place where you can always get a burger of some kind. There will be a featured burger of the week, with the favorite so far being Matt's Jalapeno Popper Burger, and a frittata of the day.



The menu will also feature brisket and bacon-wrapped roast tenderloin, with choices of beer or wine to wash it down. House wine is Canyon Road for $6 a glass or $21 a bottle.



"It will be good, fresh food that is not complicated just simple, delicious and fun," said Redd, of the food prepared by Chef Matt Gilbert of Freeport.



Although Redd moved around in her performing stints previously, she says very firmly that she is now staying put.



"This is where I started and this is where I belong," she says.



Her hot and saucy hot sauce will be offered for sale at Redd's Fueling Station.



Even though Redd has performed at various spots on the Emerald Coast, Redd can now only be seen at Redd's Fueling Station, as she is not performing anywhere else.



Redd's Fueling Station is open Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., or beyond, she says.



On the second and fourth Wednesdays will be a 30A review for young new talent.



Each third Wednesday will be a Say the Word poetry reading.



On Saturday one or two people from open mic night will be featured.



For more info visit www.reddsfuel.com or www.reddsings.com.



For reservations call 325-0252, although walk ins are accepted.



"We have received a humbling amount of support from the community and friends. They have rallied around and I am filled with gratitude," said Redd.



Redd's Fueling Station is located at 2820 W. County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Reservations are recommended on show nights.



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An online kickstart



Redd's Fueling Station Restaurant was set to host a grand opening Friday, July 5, with a mix of door prizes, discounts and food samples.



A successful crowdsourcing project on Foodstart.com gained national attention, fueling an accelerated opening of the restaurant ahead of schedule.



"The Singing Bartender behind a gas station convenience store, where reservations are needed to secure a good show table is a pretty fun and unique concept, says Redd. "I received support from as far away as Alaska and Arizona. I know how many people enjoyed the shows at Sally's so to be able to own the restaurant now is just fantastic.