Contrary to what I thought, the Scholar was not the proposed site of the infamous and detested Red Barn. That was planned for 1407-1411 Fourth Street, but on May 6, 1970, Dinkytown residents occupied Fourth Street to protest the ugly fast food
restaurant that was going up. The May 8 issue of Hundred Flowers included a fairly comprehensive account of the protests:
- Someone drove a rented 1970 Charger through the window and into the kitchen of the Red Barn at 313 Oak Street SE.
- Rocks were thrown at the Barn on Lake Street, breaking five windows.
- Protesters were deterred by cops on Snelling
- Meanwhile, back on Fourth Street there were about 175 cops, searchlights, and a helicopter, which protesters called a “whirlypig.”