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Ruby Tuesday closes on Aiken's Southside

The doors are locked at Ruby Tuesday, and the restaurant apparently has been shut down for good.

Small signs stating the following are posted at the eatery at 2285 Whiskey Road:

“This Ruby Tuesday location is closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.

“If you have any questions please visit rubytuesday.com and choose the 'Contact Us' option.

Thank you."

Aiken's Ruby Tuesday no longer is listed as one of the restaurant chain's locations at rubytuesday.com.

Phone calls to the Southside eatery Thursday were answered with this message: "We're sorry, you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service."  

The only remaining Ruby Tuesday in Aiken County is at 1183 Knox Avenue in North Augusta.

The Aiken Standard contacted Ruby Tuesday's corporate office via email and telephone, but didn't receive a response prior to the publication deadline for this story.

Ruby Tuesday's headquarters is in Maryville, Tennessee.

The chain's restaurants feature American cuisine served in a casual setting. The eateries also are known for their large salad bars.

Last week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all restaurants in the state to cease dine-in service because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But even prior to the outbreak, the restaurant industry in Aiken was facing a significant challenge, believes J. David Jameson, who is the president and CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

"Aiken has not been growing for the last couple of years," he said. "What we seem to see is that every time a restaurant opens, someone else suffers. There are only so many people, and the money keeps getting spread thinner and thinner."

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