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Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday: Richmond Road Location Closes

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Richmond Road in Williamsburg has closed. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Richmond Road in Williamsburg has closed. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The Ruby Tuesday on Richmond Road in Williamsburg has closed.

The other Ruby Tuesday location near Williamsburg — located in Monticello Marketplace in James City County — remains open. The Williamsburg location, which closed Dec. 15, has already been made available for lease by RJS & Associates, Inc.

A note posted to the front door of the restaurant offered little in the way of details: “We would like to thank our many loyal fans for their patronage and great memories over the years and would love to see you at our other Williamsburg restaurant.”

According to property records from the City of Williamsburg, the building that housed the restaurant was built in 1993. The land associated with the property — located at 1840 Richmond Road — is assessed at $1,070,300, while the building is assessed at $553,000.

An employee at the Monticello Avenue location said that store was unable to comment on the closure. A call and an email to the corporate headquarters of the restaurant has not yet been returned.

The first Ruby Tuesday opened in Tennessee in 1972, according to the company’s website. The company became publicly traded in 1996. There are now nearly 800 company-owned and franchised restaurants, employing more than 40,000 people.

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7 Responses to Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday: Richmond Road Location Closes

  1. Phyl Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

    There was a big difference between the food and service at Ruby Tuesday’s on Monticello and the one on Richmond Rd. Service on RR was very slack, orders were not correct, staff preferred to text and jive with eachother.
    On the other hand, the Monticello Ruby Tuesdays is well run and efficient, staff is friendly and responsive, manager is visible, food is good.
    Perhaps many of us knew this, and did not patronize the one on RR.

    • JC Reply

      December 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Agreed! Every experience I ever had at the RR location was subpar – poor service, incorrect orders, gross salad bar. Its closing was long overdue.

  2. mike Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Im not surprised. I have worked here in the past, and years ago the building was falling apart from the inside out. The employees took no pride in them selves or the company, and the building closing im sure was a direct result. I pray for the people of Williamsburg that the former employees dont move to the Monticello location other wise im sure that the cancer will spread there to.

  3. How about now??? Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Local city and county leaders have been allowing the area’s future to be guided by a Non-Profit Foundation that bullies everyone(can someone say monopoly) and now even the strongest retailers are calling it quits in Williamsburg not just the mom and pops like the Toy Store in Merchant Square. Lack of out of town visitors, lack of traffic and lack of any effective marketing is finally taking hold. I wonder how the Alliance is going to spin this into a good thing now that the city is going to lose a lot in tax receipts. City and county leaders need to start thinking on their own and getting outside advice as well as TALKING to business owners instead of thinking they always know best. Now, do you have the guts???

    • MarkT Reply

      December 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I have traveled to other areas and the same thing is happening.
      Why throw blame locally when the cause is global? The middle class is disappearing, they were the core tourists here. The wealthy 1% ( who control most of the disposable income) are more attracted to the exotic locations. As income inequality increases, expect more of the same.

      • CityZen Reply

        December 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        Agreed.

      • Amen! Reply

        December 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        As I have heard it said before the middle class are the true “job creators” and as you have stated they are disappearing……..there is no middle class coming from low wages, Walmart salaries et al….. and before someone says it a college degree no longer guarantees a middle class wage.

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