Back in 2011 I wrote a review on Marlin & Ray's seafood restaurant, a Ruby Tuesday's concept and how bad the food was. Well obviously I was not the only one. Marlin & Ray's has now gone the way of their predecessor Ruby Tuesday's, closed and boarded up with those pesky tumbleweeds rolling through the parking lot.
While I do not like to see a restaurant out of business, I do think that a parent company, Ruby Tuesday's, should have put a little more thought and planning into their location, menu and certainly pricing for the area. It was obvious that they did none of that. The building is hidden behind a rather large hill of grass with minimal visibility of signage. Their menu was way over priced for the demographics in a five square mile area and some menu items were just leftovers from Ruby's menu. Ambiance, zero money spent there as was training of the servers. As stated in the earlier review, the cooks were either not trained or they just hired what they could get, either way, if one is expecting to do well in the restaurant business research has to be done.
Whomever does their site location studies dropped the ball on this one and the original Ruby's that Marlin's replaced. For a company to invest that much money into a concept that had zero chance of success is almost criminal, if not just stupid. To think they pay individuals for this type of blunder should be embarrassing to them as well.
I do hope someone from their organization see's this article and some heads roll. Ruby's still owns the site so who knows what new and shiny concept they are wasting dollars on to replace Marlin & Ray's.