Bobby Jones seafood restaurant closes

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 2:56 PM
Last updated 7:10 PM
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Ruby Tuesday, which converted its Bobby Jones Expressway restaurant into a seafood concept called Marlin & Ray’s, has closed it after only two months, along with the 12 other Marlin & Ray’s restaurants.

The manager confirmed that it closed Wednesday, the same day that its parent company announced a quarterly loss of $15 million.

Ruby Tuesday, based in Knoxville, Tenn., also shut down a Wok Hay, closed two company-developed Lime Fresh Mexican Grills, and is seeking buyers for two Truffles Grill restaurants.

“While this was a difficult decision to make, we have determined the Marlin & Ray’s brand is not an optimal conversion vehicle for us going forward,” said the corporate chief executive, J.J. Buettgen, in a news release. “For similar reasons, we also have decided to close and exit our one Wok Hay restaurant and seek a buyer for our two licensed Truffles Grill restaurants.”

Buettgen said the move will allow the corporation to concentrate on improving sales at its Ruby Tuesday restaurants, which showed a slight increase in sales in the last three months of 2012.

The casual-dining chain has more than 780 Ruby Tuesdays nationwide and in U.S. territories. It reported a second-quarter net loss of $15.1 million, compared with a loss of $2.1 million for the quarter last year.

Corporate spokeswoman Meridith Hammond said that the affected restaurants have between 33 and 66 employees, all of whom were offered positions at nearby Ruby Tuesdays. There are restaurants in Evans, North Augusta and Aiken.

“As we make these difficult decisions, we want to let the team members of these closed restaurants know that we appreciate their passion and commitment and we are working to ensure the employees affected by these planned closures are given opportunities at other Ruby Tuesday or Lime Fresh restaurants,” Buettgen said.

Hammond said no decision has been made on the future of the Marlin & Ray’s buildings.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/10/13 - 03:09 pm
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Dang!! I sure am glad I

Dang!! I sure am glad I didn't buy anyone I know a gift certificate for Christmas!! That really is too bad. I hate for any business to close and for anyone to lose their job.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/13 - 03:26 pm
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Take Home Pay

My group health insurance premium went up quite a bit effective Jan. 1. Everyone's Social Security paycheck deduction is going back up effective Jan. 1, and more Obamacare penalties are kicking in year by year. We also can look forward to more local government taxes and fees this year.

People will have to re-learn how to cook in their own kitchen.

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 01/10/13 - 03:44 pm
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We dont see enough Obama supporters on topics like this.....
Unpublished

but put up a topic about guns, God and anything about the "rich" and they are all over it. I guess they must have special filters on their computers.....or brains.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/10/13 - 03:45 pm
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That sure didn't last long.

That sure didn't last long. Never went to the Marlin & Ray's once they converted RT's. That spot was doomed to fail as a chain restaurant because that's no longer the "it" location in town that it once was when it was booming across the street with HQ, Goody's, Office Depot (or whichever chain it was...) and a fully stocked assortment of smaller stores out front. All I can say about Marlin & Ray's in my one time I drove by it is that it looked like a poor attempt at rebranding a store without having to make (m)any renovatons. Even the logo looked like a half-hearted idea (from a graphic designer's viewpoint).

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/10/13 - 03:45 pm
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Augusta continues to grow.
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Augusta continues to grow. It's just been rated one of the most desirable locations in America. Richmond County is particularly in the spotlight, since the Soy Noodle House on Broad St expanded......blah, blah, blah.........

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 01/10/13 - 04:00 pm
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Marlin & Ray’s gift cards may
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Marlin & Ray’s gift cards may be redeemed at any Ruby Tuesday.

soldout
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soldout 01/10/13 - 04:03 pm
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cafe 209

Find a way to cook as good as cafe 209 and you will have a winner. Many places are either using poor quality food or poor cooking ability and loading everything up with msg so it tastes good. Take away the msg and some places would close quick.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/10/13 - 04:04 pm
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Bobby Jones is...........

"just no place to be" to eat!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/10/13 - 04:11 pm
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Location

Seems it really had nothing to do with the Augusta location. They may have been doing well. They closed the whole brand down. Augusta was caught up in the closings.

vwurst
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vwurst 01/10/13 - 04:12 pm
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Restaurant did well, chain didn't!!

Nothing in the article indicated that the local restaurant was suffering from slow business; instead, the chain as a whole was not performing well. The person I spoke with at the restaurant this past weekend indicated that they were outperforming most others in the chain. It is a shame for them to close even though they were doing well.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/10/13 - 04:42 pm
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2,999,808 points

Ate there once; it wasn't very good.
About Thyme Cafe in an awkward location in North Augusta is BOOMING because they have good food and reasonable prices. Always crowded!!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/10/13 - 06:12 pm
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Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is overpriced and to me their food is mediocre.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 01/10/13 - 06:27 pm
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Went there loved it

Great drinks, great appetizers, great food...outstanding service! Was there several times and each time there seemed to be a larger crowd. Hate it for employees who really seemed to be busting their buns especially if this store (which appeared to be doing well) was closed due to others' poor sales/performance.

american rose
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american rose 01/10/13 - 08:30 pm
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M and R's

Seems I opened the door to a lot of comments. I was just putting it out there so others would know before they made their plans to go. Didn't see the article in the paper. Sorry we lost the restaurant before I had a chance to go. Not a fan of Ruby Tuesday's, but I will probably eat lunch there soon. Don't want to miss out on using my gift card, before I find out they are closing too. I am not saying they will, but that you just can't take chances with this company now. The only Ruby T's I know about is in N. Augusta, right?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/10/13 - 08:33 pm
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I think

there is one on Washington road up by Target...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/11/13 - 05:28 am
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Location, location, location.

I just don't think of Fine dining as looking out the window to see Home Depot, a pepsi plant and SAM'S.

I'd say it did not have a chance given its theme and location.

Open Question:
What type of restaurant might be successful at this location?

David Parker
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David Parker 01/11/13 - 08:41 am
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CHick-File. They can do no

CHick-File. They can do no wrong

Jake
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Jake 01/11/13 - 09:50 am
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Restaurant location

"What type of restaurant might be successful at this location?".

Duff's (remember them?) or any other "all you can eat" hog-swilling eatery.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 01/11/13 - 10:44 am
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What is

What is Chick File? Or is it Chick-fil-a? #IJS

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 01/11/13 - 11:34 am
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Bummer

I hate hearing of any seafood restaurant closing!

countyman
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countyman 01/11/13 - 12:37 pm
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I'm positive the building

I'm positive the building won't stay empty long because of the location. The restaurant was chosen due to the surrounding demographics.

The Ruby Tuesday located in Evans is near multiple big box stores too. They closed down all 13 stores, and Augusta was caught in the middle.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/11/13 - 12:42 pm
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At least the Augusta location

At least the Augusta location was doing well which is an indicator that a future restaurant might have a chance. Though Bobby Jones Expressway doesn't appeal to many of us, it is still appealing to the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. I hope they get a good replacement very soon.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/11/13 - 02:01 pm
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Sassafras

pgapeach2 asked:

What is Chick File?

It is a Louisiana dish where chicken breasts are smothered in tomato sauce with sauteed onion, green pepper and celery and then sprinkled liberally with dried, crushed sassafras leaves, then baked in an oven till done.

foosox
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foosox 01/11/13 - 03:07 pm
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Restaurant Closing

It's a shame. We tried to get in a couple of times and the parking lot was packed at 5:30! It seemed like they were doing well.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 01/11/13 - 04:24 pm
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Little Lamb

That sounds delicious!!! YUM YUM!

csraattitude
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csraattitude 01/11/13 - 04:43 pm
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Marlin and Rays

Went there several times. Food and service was excellent! From day one you had to wait in line. This location was an exception to the rule most customers want: All you can eat for 5 bucks........Pig out and gripe most of the time.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/11/13 - 11:16 pm
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There's also a Ruby Tuesday's

There's also a Ruby Tuesday's in Aiken, FYI.

LMB
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LMB 01/12/13 - 11:42 am
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Well that does suck! At least

Well that does suck! At least we got to go last weekend for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It was always packed when I drove by.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/14/13 - 08:49 am
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Fillet, filet, fila, file...

Fillet, filet, fila, file...

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