One of the best restaurant chains named after a Rolling Stones song about a junkie groupie of uncertain origins is taking a big hit this week.
Ruby Tuesday announced a couple days ago that it would close 95 of its 700-plus locations nationwide, without specifying where those would be. The American foodstuff corporation still isn't saying, but for some, the writing's on the wall.
Or off it, as the case may be: All but four Minnesota Ruby Tuesday franchise locations have been disappeared from the company's website, as first noticed by the Business Journal.
"No longer listed are restaurants in Apple Valley, Bloomington's Mall of America, Champlin, Chaska, Cottage Grove, Eden Prairie and Plymouth," reads what at first seems like an alphabeticized list, but is in fact listed in order of these suburbs' need for a fully stocked salad bar.
Bring Me The News reports Stillwater also had a Ruby Tuesday, and is losing it. If you notice any other Ruby Tuesday restaurants that once existed in a Twin Cities suburb but now aren't operating, please contact Robert Stack with Unsolved Mysteries immediately.
The only four joints still running are in Shakopee and Inver Grove Heights, and at two old school suburban malls: Southdale Center in Edina and Rosedale Center in Roseville.
It's a dark day for people who'd come to rely on Ruby for mounds of all-you-can-eat salad and "Simple Fresh American Dining" so good the company insists on capitalizing every word.
Where, oh where, can people find great Americana-style foods in the Twin Cities now? Is there anywhere? Will anyone fill the void left by this chain restaurant's retreat? We bet a few places are up to the task.