Ruby Tuesday abruptly shuts down its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant in 9 weeks

National chain’s pub and eatery had operated for nearly 15 years on Miller Lane in Vandalia

Ruby Tuesday shut down its last remaining suburban-Dayton location over the weekend, just nine weeks after closing another of its local restaurants.

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The national chain had operated a restaurant at 6425 Miller Lane in Vandalia since about 2005, but hand-lettered signs on the doors of that restaurant appeared over the weekend advising guests, “CLOSED — please visit our Troy location,” which is now the closest Ruby Tuesday to Dayton.

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An employee of the Troy Ruby Tuesday confirmed that the Miller Lane restaurants had been closed permanently. The Vandalia restaurant’s phone number has been disconnected, and it is no longer listed on the national chain’s web site. A message left with a Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman Saturday afternoon had not been returned as of this morning, Monday June 8.

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Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

This is the second permanent closure of a suburban-Dayton Ruby Tuesday’s in just over two months. A Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman confirmed to this news outlet on April 1 that its restaurant at 6061 Far Hills Ave. in the Washington Square Shopping Center in Washington Twp. had closed for good.

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Both locations had operated for nearly 15 years.

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The two closest locations to Dayton, in Troy and in Sharonville in northern Cincinnati, have reopened their dining rooms after the more than two-month shutdown of all restaurant dine-in services prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Credit: Mark Fisher

When Ruby Tuesday confirmed its Far Hills Avenue closure on April 1, a spokeswoman wrote, ““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.”

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Founded in 1972, Ruby Tuesday is one of the oldest chains in the casual-dining restaurant sector. It has had several CEOs in recent  years and was sold for about $146 million in late 2017 to NRD Capital, a private-equity firm run by former restaurant franchisees, according to RestaurantBusinessOnline.

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