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Ruby Tuesday Just Closed Its Last Location In This Area

Fans of the restaurant chain's classic burger, shrimp trio, and other beloved items won't be happy about this closure.

It's been a tumultuous year for a bar and restaurant chain that has been a staple in many neighborhoods around the country for nearly 50 years. After the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Ruby Tuesday closed about 30% of the 470 total locations. More were shut down over the summer, and in early October, the chain officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although the filing allows for restructuring, restaurants continue to close and one area on the east coast won't be able to see the changes since all the locations there are gone for good. (This chain isn't the only one altering things, McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

The last Ruby Tuesday along the Jersey Shore has closed in Toms River, the chain has confirmed. A sign on the door announced the closure, even though the location is still listed on Ruby Tuesday's website. Another location in Eatontown, NJ recently closed, as did two in Lakewood and Neptune in May. Only three in Monmouth, Mt. Laurel, and Langhorne remain in New Jersey, according to the Asbury Park Press.

"After careful consideration, we decided to close the Toms River, NJ location in an effort to better position our restaurants for future business," Jenifer Boyd Harmon, Ruby Tuesday's chief marketing officer said in a statement to Eat This, Not That!. "We value the dedication and hard work of all our employees and we greatly appreciate the community that has supported us."

In a statement released along with the bankruptcy news on Oct. 7, CEO Shawn Lederman said despite the filing, "Ruby Tuesday is open for business as usual," and that the "announcement does not mean 'Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday,' but 'Hello, to a stronger Ruby Tuesday.'" He said they plan to complete the restructuring process as quickly as possible, but there's no word yet about the restaurant emerging out of bankruptcy just yet. A hearing is set for Dec. 18.

Although the restaurant chain started the year with nearly 500 locations, with this latest Jersey Shore Ruby Tuesday closure, there are now less than 250 spots left. In addition to this beloved chain, here are this year's Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your State.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more