The dominos are starting to fall. The Ruby Tuesday in the South Riding Market Square has closed its doors for good. Yesterday — Sunday, March 22 — was its last day in business. That information comes via an employee of the restaurant.
Rumors are flying about area restaurants and businesses that may be folding permanently amidst this devastating coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions being placed on restaurants, bars and other stores and shops.
Just today, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the all restaurants must close their dining rooms. Carry out and delivery are the only options.
No word if the coronavirus pandemic was a factor in the decision by Ruby Tuesday to close, but a safe assumption is that businesses that were already struggling may be pushed over the edge by the current crisis. The Harris Teeter closing in Ashburn may be one such story. (See our story here.) And now the South Riding Ruby Tuesday may be another.
We hope against hope for relief, but there may be many more such stories to come.
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