Route 10 to get Ruby Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 26, 2005

Suffolk’s second Ruby Tuesday is opening this fall.

Construction on the 4,600-square-foot eatery is slated to get under way in April, said Perrin Anderson, communications director for the Tennessee-based company. The restaurant is one of several businesses locating in Centerbrooke Village, a new retail outlet being developed on Godwin Boulevard, across from Obici Hospital.

The restaurant will seat 175 people and employ approximately 80 full and part-time employees, Anderson said.

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The city’s first Ruby Tuesday opened in September 2003 on College Drive, in the rapidly growing Harbour View community.

The company was formed in 1972, when founder Sandy Beall and four of his fraternity buddies from the University of Tennessee opened the first Ruby Tuesday restaurant adjacent to the college campus in Knoxville

In April 1982, Ruby Tuesday became part of the Specialty Restaurant Division of Morrison Inc., a move that has set the stage for the restaurant’s climb up the casual dining ladder.

Ruby Tuesday Inc., the successor company of Morrison, is now one of America’s leading casual dining companies, according to the company’s web site.

It is one of three large public companies that dominate the bar-and-grill category of casual dining.

That segment continues to show tremendous growth from consistent demand due to very favorable demographic trends, the capacity for new units, limited new competition, and same-store sales increases.