TOMS RIVER – Perkins, Charlie Brown’s and now Ruby Tuesday are no longer part of the dining landscape in the township.
While Perkins and Charlie Brown closed earlier in the year, the last Ruby Tuesday in the Jersey Shore area recently shuttered its doors. A sign was placed on the restaurant’s front door.
The Toms River Ruby Tuesday was located on Route 37 and the sign states, “We are sorry for any inconvenience that this might have caused you.”
That particular Ruby Tuesday was a pre or post movie destination as it was located within The Orchards at Dover shopping center which features the Marquee Cinema. It proved a popular eatery among others at that location which also includes a pizzeria, Five Guys Hamburgers and and Bubbakoo’s Burritos.
The plaza is based on the border between Toms River and Manchester townships. Ruby Tuesday was known for its salad bar and sandwiches.
Ruby Tuesday Chief Marketing Officer Jenifer Boyd Harmon said in a prepared statement that, “after careful consideration, we decided to close the Toms River, New Jersey location in an effort to better position our restaurants for future business.”
Harmon added, “we value the dedication and hard work of all our employees and we greatly appreciate the community that has supported us.”
The Ruby Tuesday chain filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October and on November 20, a bankruptcy court judge approved a process to sell its assets at auction with bids due in January.
In the last several months, the chain closed its restaurant at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown. Other Ruby Tuesday restaurants located in Lakewood and Freehold Raceway Mall in Route 70 and in Neptune on Route 66 closed in May.