What Should Go Here? The old Ruby Tuesday

There's a prime business location open near the Court Square on West Ponce.

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant in at 158 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur.

The company's corporate office in Tennessee said the Decatur store was one of about 30 underperforming Ruby Tuesdays to shut down.

Local response, as measured by blog comments, was mixed. A lot of Decatur residents don't like chain establishments in any form, but some people sympathized with employees who may have lost their jobs.

Looking into the future, what business would you like to see in the old Ruby Tuesday space? Think big -- it doesn't have to be a restaurant.

About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building we should highlight? E-mail ralph.ellis@patch.com.

bulldogger June 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Since the CSD has Soooooooooo much money, I think they should either buy/lease the space and turn it into an event facility for DHS Class Reunions since the "always easy to work with" Holiday Inn has left our city. The City of Decatur should also buy into this idea since these events always bring a lot of good Decatur Folk to the city who spend "Money". In addition, it could also include "Office Space" that would function as a coordination point for scheduling events/finding classmates and staffed by DHS Alumni who are always eager to volunteer. It should be outfitted with the latest in technological equipment.
Ralph Ellis June 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I'd like to see a Greek restaurant. Anything besides another hamburger place.
john kramer June 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Walmart !! Just kidding.
FM Fats June 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Decatur could use a nice white tablecloth Chinese restaurant with takeout.
Doc Al June 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Either that or something that doesn't exist around here anywhere - a restaurant that specializes in central and eastern European food - German, Polish, Austrian, Slavic, Baltic, Russian food.
Tracy June 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I think a small REI store would be awesome in that location.
Ralph Ellis June 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Tracy, a small REI store would be hazardous to my wallet.
bulldogger June 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
That's all we need in Decatur - An overpriced sporting goods store
foodist June 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
+1. With authentic food. Not the Americanized stuff. How about dim sum on the weekend? THAT would be awesome.
Hugh Simpson June 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Asheville based FATZ which is AWESOME as I just ate ours in Franklin NC!
Keith June 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I agree with Doc Al 100%. The greater atlanta area seems to latch onto food fads and gets myopic about other foods. Atlanta might lack a dominate eastern and central euro population, but the doesn't mean the rest of us want another soul food/bbq/hamburger/chinese joint.
bulldogger June 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Well Keith, how 'bout a "Twin Peaks" - need I say more? Coming to Buckhead, soon.....
D West June 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I want a Chucky Cheese for all the kids in Decatur. That would be the best idea.
bulldogger June 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Well, in that event, could we get rid of that stupid law that prohibits bicycle riding and skateboarding in the downtown area?
Cathy Connell June 30, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Fresh 02, like the one over in Midtown would be wonderful!
K Bruce July 07, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Anything family owned and locally sourced or a gastropub like Muss & Turner's has my vote!
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Leeland Davis September 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Let's keep it classy! Personally, I believe D'town Decatur is one of the hottest developing areas within the perimeter. I've talked with various people in and around the area with the idea of a solid Jazz restaurant/piano lounge/music venue featuring the hottest most sophisticated talent within that parameter including the best in piano trios, jazz quartets, quintets, and even big band! In addition to great music, how about great food with an extensive menu not only featuring southern cuisine with a unique culinary twist, but also featuring taste from around the globe! I believe this is Downtown Decatur's missing link. This type of venue will catch national attention and as well as well known musicians inquiring information on doing shows at that very location! It would kind of like opening a Blue Note re-invented! It's as if Herbie Hancock could make an unexpected appearance to see what this place is all about and maybe a sutprise performance to go with it! Imagine that! How's that for a vision? That's only the tip of the iceberg!
FM Fats September 22, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Not to be a real Debbie Downer, but Atlanta is a lousy jazz town. Ruby Tuesday is a bad space for live music, too. As far as Decatur goes, I don't think it would support much beyond the current Tuesday night jam sessions at Twain's.
Leeland Davis September 22, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I know what you're saying. However, look at the big picture. It's not just the live music which of course would be one of the main standards, but the menu presented is a true game breaker. Out of all the various people I've crossed paths with, this is an overall grown-and-classy-folk type of town with fusions of college goers. While Twains caters more toward the college crowd, my idea caters toward those who are more distinguished and laid back. From what I can recall, there are so many distinguished and well off people that live and pass through this area 7 days a week. They are the reason why my concept would be successful. The other reason I believe this concept is gold is simply because no one else is doing this anywhere in Atlanta. I've been to pretty much 75% of the music venues all around Atlanta and only have seen one true jazz spot that is currently having good success: Velvet Note in Alpharetta. My problem with that is that its too DAMN far away! As far as spacing and square feet of the old RT goes, renovation is of course key. I was able to get a good look inside and I immediately visioned how everything would set up ideally. It can definitely work!
FM Fats September 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Best of luck to you. I grew up in NYC and heard jazz in dives like Slug's, tourist traps like the Blue Note, and the legendary caves like the Gate and the Vanguard. It was (and still is) a joy to be able to look at the club listings in the Voice and then pick a venue to see some of the world's greatest musicians in an intimate environment. I fear that real jazz will continue to fade in the ATL now that WCLK has gone over to the dark side and plays largely commercial pap.
Leeland Davis September 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Thanks! And you're right about the fact that even the main jazz station here (WCLK) has seemingly transitioned into more a more commercial feel with only a couple of pre-recorded programs and maybe even one live spot with Nicole "Swingin'" Sweeny who stays true to the traditional side of things consistently. To me it may be a blessing in disguise and a setup to make my concept something that is sought after by those in and around ATL including the locals of Decatur. The words to describe this concept: a "fresh start". It's a very fresh concept for D'Town Decatur and a fresh concept for ATL considering the standard of this restaurant/venue which would mirror a NEW YORK approach with a modern twist according to the overall dining experience.


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