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Stir Fry Cafe to close, Wok Hay open

Ruby Tuesday is converting the Stir Fry Café in Turkey Creek to a location of its pan-Asian restaurant concept, Wok Hay.

“We are actually acquiring the assets and taking over two leases: the Stir Fry Café in Turkey Creek in Knoxville, and also the Stir Fry Café location in Johnson City,” said Ruby Tuesday spokeswoman Meridith Hammond.

“And then we’ll be converting both of those to Wok Hay,” she added.

Hammond said there wasn’t a specific timeline for when Stir Fry will be converted, but a statement on the company’s Facebook page indicated the restaurant’s last day open will be March 2.

“Unfortunately, we regret to say that we are closing our Turkey Creek restaurant. This location was purchased by locally-based, Ruby Tuesday’s, Inc. Ruby’s plans to convert the space to its Pan-Asian concept, Wok Hay. Stir Fry Café will continue to be open and operate as is through Wednesday, March 2nd,” the post read.

Another Facebook post indicated Ruby Tuesday chose the Turkey Creek location for conversion isntead of the older Stir Fry location near West Town.

“Ruby’s bought the Turkey Creek location because of its age and location. They believe that it will be an easy conversion to Wok Hay. The Gallery wasn’t attractive to them because it was old and small,” the post read.

The Turkey Creek location of Wok Hay will be the third in Knoxville.

Ruby Tuesday also is acquiring the Johnson City location of Stir Fry Café; the Stir Fry in Gallery Shopping Center near West Town Mall will remain open.

Wok Hay is once of several concepts Ruby Tuesday has branched out to include in the last year or so.

Ruby Tuesday also opened Jim ’N Nick’s Barbecue off Lovell Road, and has licensing agreements with Truffles Café and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.

Ruby Tuesday also is in the midst of converting its Ruby Tuesday location in Maryville to its own seafood concept, as yet unnamed.


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