Ruby Tuesday is converting its Bobby Jones Expressway location into a seafood restaurant.
Marlin & Ray’s Seafood and Sunsets is scheduled to open in late October or November at 499 Bobby Jones Expressway, said Richard Flaherty, Ruby Tuesday’s vice president of new concepts.
Marlin & Ray’s and Ruby Tuesday are both owned by Ruby Tuesday Inc., which has been converting Ruby Tuesdays into its seafood concept eateries for the past year.
The Aiken-Augusta area has four Ruby Tuesday restaurants. Flaherty said the location for Marlin & Ray’s was chosen based on site data and a need for a seafood restaurant in the area.
“We have other Ruby Tuesdays that will benefit from the closing, but most importantly, we see great opportunity in bringing our fun, vacation-style seafood restaurant to the Augusta community,” Flaherty said.
Marlin & Ray’s will begin hiring in October and plans to hire more than 80 employees.
Some renovations will be completed at the restaurant, Flaherty said.
The Augusta restaurant will be the 13th Marlin & Ray’s location for the company. Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday Inc. has company-owned and franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 46 states and 15 countries.
Ruby Tuesday has restaurants at 1183 Knox Ave. in North Augusta, 4203 Washington Road in Evans and 2285 Whiskey Road in Aiken.