For years, a dilapidated building at the end of the Balboa Pier in California reminded people of the bait shop that it used to be. But when Doug Cavanaugh passed it on a jog, he recognized its potential to be something new.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, it was that thought that created the restaurant empire now known as Ruby’s Diner 35 years ago. Since that first location opened its doors, the brand has grown to about 30 locations across the country that are known for its classic 1940’s diner theme. That sense of nostalgia is tied to the brand’s success—Ruby’s taps into quality food and service that resonates with a wide variety of consumers.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ned Westfall, general manager of the Ruby’s in Laguna Hills, said, “It’s a business that meets all the different age groups that are out there. It’s a place where families can go, where teenagers can bring a date, where older folks can get a great meal.”
Ruby’s is officially celebrating its 35th anniversary on December 7 by offering a special burger for a discount. A portion of each sale will go to the Ruby Dooby Foundation.
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