Ruby’s Olde Time Bar & Grill a Coney Island social landmark that’s been there since 1934 is supposed to be closed due to the owners of Luna Park, Zamperia not renewing their lease. In true Coney Island tradition though just because its been ordered close doesn’t mean the party won’t still go down until the cops come knocking and dragging people out of the door at Ruby’s.
According to a New York 1 report and video Ruby’s is still open on the weekends. The report was aired on Saturday, November 20th, 2010. Actually since their eviction notice 2 weeks ago Ruby’s has been having weekend openings. They ran out of liquor and beer that first opening 2 weeks ago and just keep ordering more stock for the next weekend. Patrons are filing in too, hell you never know when they come to put locks on the doors so they’ll party like its 1999.
Actually since this issue will be headed to court I don’t see Rudy’s closing anytime soon as Zamperia has said they will be filing their second eviction papers and plan to go thru more legal proceedings. I’ve dealt with eviction before and this can take some time. A few months because Ruby’s has paid their rent and legal proceedings take a while.
While that is ongoing I think a lot of public support may make gather for Ruby’s. For one I don’t buy Zamperia’s need to see a business plan going forward. The bar has been here since the Great Depression. Its older than all but 80 year olds. Their business plan is we pay our rent on time and we have a steady business and we have 76 years of proving this.
Honestly it should be historically protected. Some of the other establishments should go but Ruby’s should stay. Zamperia wants to build a new sports bar and sitdown restaurant. That’s fine build it around Ruby’s. It’ll only add charm to this very historic area. I personally and tired of seeing corporations being further empowered to tear away culture and history in the name of themselves. Its felt like the United States of Corporations for a minute now in the country. I think the historic board should step in and preserve Ruby’s as a landmark. Look its not about the money, they pay their rent.
In the meantime, in between time I suggest going to Ruby’s for all great history buffs and dive bar affecinado’s. Its located on 1213 Boardwalk West between W.12th street and Stillwell Ave. in Coney Island. Take the N,Q, F, or D to Coney Island/Stillwell Ave.
Good lucks Ruby’s, until then suds up!!!