The Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Bel Air's Route 1 is closing its doors Saturday, but it will be reborn as a seafood restaurant called Marlin and Ray's.
On Saturday, "we will have dinner service and we will close," Eric Arnold, a manager who works at another Ruby Tuesday restaurant, said Tuesday.
The restaurant has not publicized the closing, but Arnold said customers are being told if they ask.
Ruby Tuesday opened in Bel Air Plaza in 1994 and was one of the first chain restaurants in the Routes 1 and 24 area of Bel Air.
The building will be remodeled as Marlin and Ray's, a restaurant also owned by Ruby Tuesday, Arnold said.
The exterior of the building will look relatively similar, he said.
The new restaurant is expected open in August and about 50 people will be hired, he said.
Marlin and Ray's is a dinner-only restaurant with 11 other locations, mostly in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Ohio.
The chain's website says it is "all about keepin' it reel" and promises a "laid-back shack" with "great seafood, remarkable cocktails and an atmosphere that you expect to find only at the beach."
Two other chain seafood restaurants, Bonefish Grill and Red Lobster, are also near the Route 1 and Route 24 intersection.
While some of the older clientele may miss Ruby Tuesday, Arnold said Marlin and Ray's will offer an appealing experience.
"It will be something new to Bel Air, a new restaurant to try, a new sort of chain that will be family-oriented, that will be affordable and enjoyable as well," he said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun