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Jim ‘N Nick’s closed

The former Ruby Tuesday off Lovell Road was most recently home to a Jim ‘N Nick’s, and is now slated to be a Marlin & Ray’s.- Heather Mays/farragutpress
Ruby Tuesday closed the doors of one of its concept restaurants off Lovell Road earlier this month, after the restaurant was open less than a year.

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q opened in late fall of last year, and customers who visited the restaurant last week were greeted with signs on the door that stated, “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we have closed this restaurant. Thank you for your years of patronage. We look forward to serving you at one of our many other locations.”

Ruby Tuesday spokesperson Meridith Hammond said Ruby Tuesday simply decided not to pursue the Jim ‘N Nick’s concept any longer.

“Essentially, this was one of the brands we were testing for growth and development, and we just determined it’s not one of the brands we’ll further develop,” Hammond said.

In a statement, she added, “While sales volume at the Jim ‘N Nick’s location in Knoxville was good, we have determined that the restaurant is not one of the brands we will further


“The Jim ‘N Nick’s brand is successfully established and performs well in other cities, and we appreciate and value its potential for the founding company that owns and operates it.

According to Hammond, the restaurant likely would reopen in the spring as a different concept.

“We plan on changing it to a Marlin and Ray’s next spring after testing openings of that concept further in Washington and Atlanta,” she said.

“The Knoxville area is a test market for us and will continue to be, a place where we open, operate and evaluate potential growth concepts,” she added.

Jim ‘N Nick’s was only one of several concepts Maryville-based Ruby Tuesday has been


Besides the Ruby Tuesday locations and the upscale RT Lodge in Maryville, the company also operates Wok Hay, Marlin and Ray’s, Truffles Café and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.


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