Minneapolis (WCO) – Two days after appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a Twin Cities businessman closed his small popcorn shop after county health inspectors visited.
On Wednesday, Zackary Redmon posted on Facebook that he had closed Redmon’s Popcorn due to “unforeseen circumstances and reasons due to state laws and regulations.” The store was located in an office building at 2700 block of Winnetka Avenue North in New Hope, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis.
Redmond told WCCO that Hennepin County health inspectors visited him and told him he needed a commercial kitchen to make his product. They noted that having a group of customers in his store is currently a risk.
At the moment, Redmon is sold out of popcorn. He says he is looking for more space and in the meantime will take orders online. Customers can buy their own popcorn from redmonspopcorn.com.
On Monday, Redmon’s “The Late Show” made a little appearance as host Stephen Colbert gifted the small business a flashy ad. For Redmon’s Popcorn, the “Late Show” creative team built the ad around the idea that popcorn was like a luxury car, a comparison Redmon himself made.
The ad was voiced by actor Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” fame, and it highlighted Redmon’s creative flavors, such as chili cheese and hot barbecue.
Redmon told WCCO-TV that he started selling popcorn from his car during the pandemic after losing his job as a barber. The business moved to the Winnetka Street space in February, and Redmon said he had no issues with the space or local officials. He even said he met the mayor of New Hope and the city was supportive of him.
Redmond said his long-term goal is to grow his business and mentor children with disabilities. He also wants to buy a house for his mother.