SELDEN, NY — The old, vacant Ruby Tuesday restaurant has been demolished to make way for a new Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin J. LaValle told OnSachem the former and long-empty Ruby Tuesday site at 289 Middle Country Rd. in Selden, at the intersection with County Route 83, will become a Texas Roadhouse.

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The tattered covering of the old Ruby Tuesday sign is the only reminder of the former restaurant that closed three years ago.

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The new foundation is coming along for what will become Texas Roadhouse. 

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The former Ruby Tuesday was demolished to make way for Texas Roadhouse.

Ruby Tuesday closed in 2016 and the building in Selden Plaza was recently demolished.

Construction for Texas Roadhouse began during the past week as a contractor started to lay the foundation for the new building. LaValle estimated the restaurant could open by spring—or sooner depending on how long the build-out takes and weather during the winter.

LaValle said the shopping center had been going through a transition with several large tenants in recent years. In addition to Ruby Tuesday closing, the shopping center lost anchor store Waldbaum’s when the company shuttered in bankruptcy. Another anchor spot—a fitness center—also closed.

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Chipotle is located next to the soon-to-open Texas Roadhouse.

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The intersection of Middle County Road and Country Route 83 in Selden. The new Texas Roadhouse will be at this corner.

LaValle said he is pleased to see the new tenants that have arrived, with Texas Roadhouse soon to be the latest.

“For that whole shopping center, we’ve been working with the property owner to recruit,” LaValle said. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve been able to bring in Chipotle. We brought in Best Market to take over for Waldbaum’s. Planet Fitness just went in there. And for Ruby Tuesday, we have Texas Roadhouse.”

LaValle added that Texas Roadhouse had been considering locations within the Town of Brookhaven for about five or six years and decided on the former Ruby Tuesday site. The company previously appeared before the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board and received site approval. The company now has a building permit for construction.

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Planet Fitness moved in after another fitness center closed at the same location.

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Best Market replaced Waldbaum's, which closed when the bankrupt grocery chain company closed all remaining locations.

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The main entrance to Selden Plaza along Middle County Road, just west of County Route 83.

Texas Roadhouse did not respond to a request for comment. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Texas Roadhouse has over 525 locations in 49 states and seven countries, according to the company’s website. The company describes itself as a family-friendly restaurant “famous for hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch sides, fresh-baked bread, and a lively atmosphere.”

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