Ruby’s City Restaurant expands with liquor license and future bar [UPDATED]Published 11:48am Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Updated 11:50am Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It’s been an old stand-by for the hungry residents of the small town for a number of years, but owner Gail Johnson is keeping with the times.
Ruby’s City Restaurant in downtown Ashby recently received a state license to sell alcoholic beverages. With something new to offer, the restaurant has plans to expand its service, which would include a new patio and a bar. All the restaurant needs is the final permit approval from the state.
“It’s a long process,” Johnson said “But as soon as it’s approved we’re ready to go.”
The new bar will be located in the restaurant’s room used for overflow seating. The patio seating will be built directly behind at the back exit of the building. The project should seat more than 30 additional people, according to Johnson.
With the recent closing of Murphy’s Bar across the street, Johnson said she hopes to fill those seats with old and new patrons alike. The diverse summer crowd of tourists, resorters and locals should serve as the main source for their creative expansion.
“The reason I want to do it is to bring more people in here,” Johnson said. “A lot of people like to have beverages with their meals.”
Ruby’s has served alcoholic beverages this past month with its license and is getting staffed trained with the new beverages. Johnson, who has owned the restaurant for eight years, said they plan to get some use out of the additions as summer winds down.
“I hope to have it finished by Labor Day to get some use out of this last month of summer,” Johnson said. “I’m hoping it gets tourists and people from off the bike trail right here.”
Whatever it is they serve to their customers, however, Johnson made it clear that they will continue the same service that has helped them gain the reputation and patronage from residents in the area.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to sit a good number of people in here and they can enjoy their time even more,” Johnson said.