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Calvert’s Ruby Tuesday closes


Prince Frederick, MD - The “goodbye, Ruby Tuesday” tour in Southern Maryland is apparently over. Word spread earlier this week that the Tennessee-based eatery’s last location in the Tri-County region has closed. Reports on the Facebook page Southern Maryland Restaurants stated the restaurant at Prince Frederick Boulevard and Traskers Boulevard closed either Jan. 27 or 28. The Prince Frederick location has been removed from the company's online Google map.

Last year, the Ruby Tuesday off Route 235 in California closed. A third regional location—at the St. Charles Towne Center, which was opened in the early 1990s—also shuttered in 2016. The restaurant chain, which was started by three University of Tennessee fraternity brothers, opened its first location in 1972. There are over 700 locations worldwide. The casual dining restaurant is noted for its salad bar.
Nationwide, the restaurant has fallen on challenging times, resulting in the closure of several locations. Nearly 100 locations were closed in 2016. In 2017, Ruby Tuesday announced plans that it would be taken private through a purchase by NRD Capital Management, a private-equity firm based in Atlanta. 

"Good-bye Ruby Tuesdays in Prince Frederick," stated the Rev. Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church. "Believe it or not, this place was the location for some really great and important conversations I've had with people I love. And they had a great salad bar." Hahn told TheBayNet.com that the idea for the End Hunger in Calvert campaign was born during a conversation he had with several others at the local restaurant. Additionally, two of Hahn's sons-in-law requested permission to marry his daughters while dining at the local Ruby Tuesday.  

A call to Ruby Tuesday’s corporate headquarters was not returned as this story was being filed.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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