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.
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.
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.
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.”