Ruby Tuesday to get new look

Sept. 18, 2019

Ruby Tuesday is getting a major makeover next month.

“We’ve been in that location for 16 years — actually we’re starting our 17th year at the end of this month — and we’ve done a couple of remodels over the years, but this one is more extensive,” said Todd Hoekstra, a partner in the ownership group, Dakota Cuisine Inc.

The restaurant in the River Plaza at 2424 S. Shirley Ave. near Century movie theater will remain open during the project, with most of the work being done overnight, Hoekstra said. It’s expected to be completed a couple of weeks after it begins.

“We’re relocating the bar, opening it (the dining area) up differently. We’ll have new booths, tables, chairs, floor coverings and lighting.” The salad bar also will be relocated away from the front door.

The franchised location won’t follow a corporate design completely, Hoekstra said.

“We’ve been given some liberty with incorporating some local flair as well. We’ll have a nice big mural of the falls and downtown landscape. That will be on one big wall that will have that as a focal point.”

The exterior was updated last year.

The new bar will feature about twice as many tap lines, expanding to 16, Hoekstra said.

“We’re giving our guests what they’re asking for, a little more variety.”

Ruby Tuesday already features beers made by local breweries, including its new neighbor, Lupulin Brewing Co.

“We’re very excited to have them. They do great beer. … We’ll always have a couple of locals on to support those guys.”

Total capacity will remain at 250, and “the booths will be a little bigger to give people a little more elbow room.”

Dakota Cuisine owns 10 Ruby Tuesday locations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wyoming.

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Ruby Tuesday to get new look

Ruby Tuesday, which has been in Sioux Falls for almost 17 years, is getting a major makeover next month.

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