Ruby Tuesday in Melrose Park, which closed this week. | zomato.com
Ironically enough, as the Chicago Tribune reports, “Tuesday was the last day you could eat at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Illinois.”
The restaurant has 10 locations across the state, including one in Melrose Park, 851 W. North Ave., and all of them have closed this week.
One employee who worked at a Ruby Tuesday in Morton, Illinois told the Peoria Journal Star, “I didn’t see it coming. I really didn’t.” The man, George Garza, worked a normal shift Tuesday night, which would be his last. “I thought this place was going to be here forever.”
RT Midwest Holdings, based in Minnesota, is the franchisee that operated the Illinois Ruby Tuesday restaurants, the Tribune reports.
In a recent statement, the restaurant company, which is based in Maryville, Tenn., noted that it “went to great lengths in assisting the franchisee to remain open but he has made the decision to close his restaurants.”
The Tribune noted that attempts to reach RT Midwest’s president, Guerrino Ruta, were so far unsuccessful.
Other Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the Chicago area that closed are in Downers Grove, Skokie and Gurnee. Restaurants in DeKalb, Rockford, Morton, Effingham and Rockford also closed.
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Rep. Welch’s 4th Annual Back to School Health Fair, July 30
On Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I will present my 4th Annual Back to School Health Fair at Proviso West High School in Hillside located at 4701 W. Harrison Street. This is a fun filled event for the entire family. A variety of vendors will be in attendance with resourceful information regarding health and more. (Photo above is provided by Tara Gray-Mister of Feel this Moment Photography from last year’s event.)
We will have entertainment that includes music, an inflatable jumpy house, face painting, and free raffle prizes. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Rho Zheta Lambda Chapter will be providing food fresh off the grill, and beverages will be provided by Pepsi-Cola, all free of charge. Of course, officials from Westlake Hospital and the office of Dr. Nabil Saleh will be on hand to perform health physicals. We will also have dental exams performed by the Children’s Clinic of Oak Park and River Forest, haircuts provided by Erskine Reeves Barber Academy, and school supplies for kids of all ages provided by Tenet Hospitals, the West Suburban Teachers Union Local 571, and the Chicago Public Schools. Kids can also come out to touch a fire truck provided by the Village of Hillside.
For a ride to the event, please feel free to use to rideshare company LFYT, and when they arrive, give them the special event code WELCHB2S to receive a $20 discount on your ride. In most cases, your ride will be free. I hope you will join us.
Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s Annual Back-to-School Fair, July 31
Maywood police to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 2
Maywood Police officers clean up after a 2014 National Night Out event in Maywood. | File
The Maywood Police Department will be in Fred Hampton Park, 300 Fred Hampton Way (Oak Street), on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to celebrate National Night Out.
The event takes place nationwide each year and is designed “to raise Crime Prevention Awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirits and unity, and Community-Policing Partnerships,” according to a flyer circulated by the department promoting the event.
This year’s entertainment will include a youth tumbling team, an outdoor screening of the movie “Zootopia,” and free food, t-shirts, gifts and balloons.
Free Outdoors Music Concert, Aug. 3
Youth Takeover Maywood, Aug. 6
Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood, Aug. 6
13th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway & Picnic, Aug. 14
Maywood Old Timers Picnic, Aug. 20
It’s time again for the Maywood Old Timers Picnic, one of Maywood’s most anticipated community-wide events that was started as a way to reconnect the village’s present with its past.
“I was running into people at funerals and visitations I hadn’t seen in years and we would sit and talk,” said Marilynn Jefferson, a longtime Maywoodian, now retired and living in Georgia, who helped establish the first Old Timers Picnic.
“I finally said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice where we had time we could all be together and it would not be a sad occasion?’” Jefferson reminisced during an interview at last year’s event.
Since its founding, the event has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.
This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).
Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.