Decatur Ruby Tuesday Closes

Employees have the chance to transfer to neighboring Ruby Tuesdays.

The restaurant in at 158 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur has closed.

A sign posted on the front door announced the closing, which was first reported Tuesday by Decatur Metro.

Meridith Hammond, a corporate spokeswoman, said in a Wednesday email that the Decatur restaurant closed at the end of business Sunday, May 20. The company plans to close 31 to 33 under-performing restaurants this year.

Hammond said 30 to 35 employees at the Decatur restaurant have the chance to transfer to neighboring Ruby Tuesdays. She didn't know what will happen to the space the restaurant occupied.

Ruby Tuesday was one of a few chain restaurants in Decatur, a town with a population that generally backs independently owned businesses.

A listing on the Ruby Tuesday corporate website said the chain had 55 restaurants in Georgia as of May 2011. Only Florida, Virginia and North Carolina had more. The chain has 793 units in the continental United States.

The chain is headquartered in the Knoxville, Tenn., area.


John Hooker May 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Goood-bye, Ruby Tuesday...who could hang a name on you? When you change with every new day...
Magic May 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I don't like Ruby Tuesday's either but I don't see it as a cause to celebrate a bunch of people losing their jobs.
Lisa Cohen May 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
sorry for any people negatively affected by their closing, but I am SOOOO grateful they are outta here! i practically cried when they moved in, went to eat there once and got nauseous when i saw the dismal, dried out salad bar, and never went back. Hopefully a great place..NOT a chain preferably...will move in and those who lost their jobs can possibly get a better job there!
taxus May 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Any chance Cracker Barrel would be interested in an urban location?
midtownblue May 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Not in Decatur where there are many LGBT residents. Huge boycott many years ago after CB refused to serve gays. Many LGBT folks still boycott today.


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