SEAL BEACH (CNS) – A dispute with city officials is forcing the iconic Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach pier to close after 25 years.
The 50s-themed restaurant will serve its final meals this coming Thursday, according to the Press Telegram. However, the company’s diners in Long Beach, Oceanside and Huntington Beach will remain open.
Ruby’s officials wanted to change the operation from corporate-owned to an independent franchise. Also at issue was a request to renovate the facility and the 1995 discontinuation of a people-mover service that once transported passengers from the city’s Old Town shopping district to Ruby’s.
The loss of of the tram cost the restaurant potential revenue, while city officials saw it as a cost-saving measure, the Press-Telegram reported.
“That’s business,” Tad Belshe told reporters. “From a Ruby’s standpoint, we have had a wonderful relationship with the city. I think they are moving in a different direction.”
Seal Beach city officials have said they are already looking for a new restaurant to replace Ruby’s.
“The city welcomes the opportunity to partner with a new establishment and will strive to preserve the elements that make visiting the pier a pleasing and desirable destination spot for residents and visitors,” City Administrator Patrick Gallegos said in a prepared statement.