CONFIRMED: Restaurant shuts down permanently after 15 years on Far Hills Avenue

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Ruby Tuesday still operates restaurants in Troy and in the Vandalia area.

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A national chain restaurant that has operated for nearly 15 years on Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp. shut down permanently over the weekend.

“We are sorry to any inconvenience that this may have caused you,” a sign on the entrance to the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 6061 Far Hills Ave. tells disappointed customers.

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An employee of one of the Dayton area’s two remaining Ruby Tuesday restaurants, on Miller Lane in Butler Twp. north of Dayton, confirmed the Washington Twp. location is “closed permanently.” Its phone number has been disconnected, and it is no longer listed on the national chain’s web site. Ruby Tuesday also operates a location in Troy.

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This sign on the door of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Far Hills Avenue at Whipp Road in Washington Twp. alerts customers that it has been shut down.
This sign on the door of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Far Hills Avenue at Whipp Road in Washington Twp. alerts customers that it has been shut down.

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

Like most other Ruby Tuesday locations in the state, the Washington Twp. Ruby Tuesday had been offering to-go service following the coronavirus pandemic-related mandatory shutdown of all restaurant dine-in service announced March 15. The “Ruby Tuesday Vandalia” on Miller Lane remains open for carryout, delivery and curbside pickup for lunch and dinner daily, an employee said.

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A spokeswoman for Ruby Tuesday issued the following statement this morning, April 1, regarding the closure:

“During these uncertain times, and after careful consideration, we have decided to close the Washington Township location in an effort to better position our restaurants for future business. We value the dedication and hard work of all our employees, and we greatly appreciate the community that has supported us. We will continue to work hard to make the Ruby Tuesday brand even stronger and better prepared” for when restaurants are permitted to fully reopen.

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the Washington Square Shopping Center on Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp. has shut down permanently.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the Washington Square Shopping Center on Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp. has shut down permanently.

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The Washington Twp. Ruby Tuesday opened in 2005. In its early years, the restaurant was bustling; it was not unusual to have to face a wait for a table during peak dinner service hours.

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The property — in the Washington Square Shopping Center, in an outlot of sorts in front of a Dorothy Lane Market store — has housed a restaurant for several decades.

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Frisch’s operated a restaurant there for many years before shutting it down and relocating it in 1993. A Perkins restaurant opened at the site for about five years before it closed in 2002, then its former manager went on to open his own place, RJ’s Metropolitan restaurant, at the site for about three years prior to Ruby Tuesday’s opening in 2005.