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Ruby 8 closes at McHenry Row, three businesses to take over space

Ruby 8, an Asian and sushi restaurant and sports bar, has closed in McHenry Row, the developer said Tuesday.

The restaurant closed about a week ago after the owner decided not to renew the lease. Mark Sapperstein of Walker 28 Development said the owner decided to pursue other opportunities.

Sapperstein said the parting of ways “worked out for the best” after building management decided to split the large space into room for three different businesses in hopes of boosting crossover among McHenry Row patrons.

“More diversity is always better. If you get too many large restaurants in a single site, it’s more same-old, same-old,” Sapperstein said. “More smaller uses are more effective in the long-term.”

Part of Ruby 8’s space will be turned into offices for a company that is slated to move in in September. Two others will follow later on. Sapperstein would not announce the names of any businesses but said none are restaurants.

Information about all three tenants will be released throughout the summer. Currently, the Locust Point development is expanding with construction of an office building and a hotel slated to open in July 2019. The flagship McHenry Row building houses several restaurants, apartments and a Harris Teeter grocery store.

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