Probably the most commonly asked question we get is, “What is a Red Nun?”. Often followed by, “Is it a real nun?”. Or better yet the well-intentioned statement: “We just love your restaurant The Blue Nun!”. Umm…thanks?!

A red nun is channel marker. Red nuns and green cans are the buoys that guide boaters, sailors, and fishermen in and out of the water.”Red Right Return” is a nautical term meaning that as you return to shore, the red buoy [aka the nun] should be on your right.

When we purchased the building in 2003, we went through dozens and dozens of name ideas. As soon as a friend tossed out the idea Red Nun, we knew immediately that it was it!

Today we are happy to have evolved into a quaint neighborhood restaurant serving locals and visitors alike.



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