You’ve probably heard that a number of Coney Island boardwalk businesses — including iconic spots like Ruby’s bar — have lost their licenses. And this probably, if you’re anything like us, makes you sad. Thor Equities has apparently given Ruby’s just two weeks to vacate, according to Patell and Waterman’s. There’s now a rally planned on Saturday, November 6, to try to save the 76-year-old establishment. (Check Ruby’s Facebook page for more details.)
There’s also a petition online sponsored by friends and patrons of Ruby’s that you can sign; contacts listed to call or send letters to, including Marty Markowitz, Christine Quinn, and the Coney Island Development Corp.; and ideas of other things to do, like: 6. Tell your Grandparents and neighbors about this — ask them to call! (Appropriate, given that the bar’s been in business since 1934.)
Other businesses facing eviction are Cha Cha’s, Paul’s Daughter, Grill House, Gyro Corner, Shoot the Freak, Beer Island, Pio Pio Riko, and Coney Island Souvenir Shop.
Per Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, a Shake Shack and an Atomic Wings (but not a Brooklyn Brewery!) might be the boardwalks’ next occupants…only, it won’t be boardwalk, but a darling faux-wood concrete blend. And so it goes…
We left messages with the Coney Island Development Corp. and Marty Markowitz for comments as to Ruby’s chances, and will update when we hear back. In our experience, putting up a fuss can’t hurt.