Marlin and Ray’s in Voice of America Center in West Chester has closed, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Polly Campbell.
When it opened, the West Chester Marlin & Ray’s was the company’s sixth converted Ruby Tuesday location. At that time, there was one other location in Ohio (Hilliard), one in Tennessee (Maryville), one in Virginia (Manassas) and two in Georgia (Acworth and Lithonia).
Since then, Marlin & Ray’s locations have opened a total of seven additional locations in Southeast states.
“West Chester is a great market,” assistant general manager Ian Murray said just before the West Chester restaurant opened. “If you look around, there a ton of businesses, a solid source of income from the families we are looking for and most importantly the amount of traffic that is coming through here. It is just a perfect location.”
According to an Associated Press story, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has posted a second-quarter loss and is selling the entire chain, along with 24 Ruby Tuesday locations.
When the West Chester store opened, the company had high hopes for its seafood restaurant idea.
“We don’t know were the idea is going to go from here. If this thing takes off and blows up, we could sprout out across the country,” Murray said in December of 2011.