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Meat-lovers guide: Where to get the best steaks in Lexington

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER: "...Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is Lexington’s most glamorous restaurant, easily on a par design-wise with establishments in Las Vegas or Manhattan. Despite plush seating, sparkling chandeliers and themed private dining nooks, it’s the quality of the steaks that have won Jeff Ruby’s accolades from the likes of USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Whether you want a 14-oz. center cut New York strip for $49 or a premium hand-crafted filet mignon paired with a cold water lobster tail for $93, the quality of Jeff Ruby’s beef can’t be surpassed." https://www.kentucky.com/lexgoeat/restaurants/article243422561.html  

How high-end restaurants plan to keep experience special in COVID world

Polly Campbell, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 5:00 a.m. ET May 28, 2020 | Updated 4:53 p.m. ET May 28, 2020 Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, which owns seven high-end steakhouse restaurants in three states, describes her company's approach to fine dining as "high touch." That means dining rooms with chandeliers, lavishly set tables, dry-aged prime beef, suave servers and lots of people-watching. But it also literally means high touch: Tableside service, the handshake at the door, the arm offered to a lady when she walks to the restroom, even the hug or kiss for a favorite customer, not an unusual moment at these restaurants.  So how does high touch work in a world when we're all supposed to be six feet apart? How does a restaurant offer an experience of ease and comfort while following the new rules? Every food ...

More than just a steakhouse. How Jeff Ruby's is revamping its restaurants amid COVID-19

Dahlia Ghabour, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 2:18 p.m. ET May 27, 2020 Jeff Ruby's is more than just a steakhouse. The high-end service found at Jeff Ruby restaurants is so much a part of the company's brand, its full name is Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment. And while every restaurant has lengthy rules for reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, the Jeff Ruby team's "COVID-19 Playbook" is nearly 50 pages long. Each department in the company, from servers to managers, has its own new set of standard operating procedures that go "above and beyond" social distancing requirements, said company president and CEO Britney Ruby Miller.  It's a mark of how thorough they are being as a company, she said, and it's the reason the high-end steakhouses in Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, Columbus and Cincinnati aren't reopening until June 3.  "S...

Baffert savors two Derby wins on first Saturday in May, Enjoys Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse Meal Kits To Celebrate

Baffert savors two Derby wins on first Saturday in May Jay PrivmanMay 03, 2020 Coady PhotographyNadal wins the second division of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, earning a 98 Beyer Speed Figure.   Bob Baffert had everything but the roses Saturday. The five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer won the biggest 3-year-old races of the day on the first Saturday in May, and celebrated, as he would have in Louisville, with a steak dinner from his favorite restaurant. The Arkansas Derby was split into two divisions, enabling Baffert to capture both, with Charlatan and then Nadal. Both were favored, both remained unbeaten, and both emerged from their races in good order, Baffert said Sunday morning. And courtesy of restauranteur Jeff Ruby, who overnighted to Baffert some New York strips, fillets, ample side dishes, and bread, a feast was had at Baffert’s home Saturday night. &ldqu...

Jeff Ruby's Steak Burrow leads to $10K donation

Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 3:22 p.m. ET April 20, 2020 Steak Burrow at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse (Photo: Provided/Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse) Joe Burrow’s Heisman Trophy speech led to a massive haul of charitable donations to the Athens County Food Pantry – and the giving hasn’t stopped. The Jeff Ruby Foundation will present a check for $10,000 to the Athens County Food Pantry, the foundation announced on Monday. The $10,000 contribution is from the sale of the restaurant’s Steak Burrow in honor of the presumptive No. 1 overall pick and Athens native. Jeff Ruby created the steak earlier this year and served it at Jeff Ruby Steakhouses in Cincinnati and Columbus. According to the Jeff Ruby Foundation, the steak was the best-selling promotional item on the menu, selling more than 500 entrees in Columbus and more than...

Ohio restaurant group says industry needs more funds to keep food supply chain afloat

Britney Ruby Miller appeared on Fox News with Bill Hemmer to discuss the unique needs of the restaurant industry and what our elected leaders can do to help keep the food supply chain afloat.

Businesses receiving PPP loans in quandry over using it

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Small businesses throughout the Tri-State are getting notice -- your government bailout loan has been approved.  In fact, 75% of the $350 billion the government set aside for payroll protection loans is now on its way to Main Street, but some businesses now need to figure out what to do with the money. For instance, the seats are empty outside Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse downtown, forced to shut down due to COVID-19. But now, a glimmer of hope as the company receives word its SBA loan is approved. “When it happened, yes, it was very exciting,” said Britney Ruby Miller, president and co-owner of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment. “We feel some sense of security that it’s there, but now we need it to make sense.” Here’s what she means: Once the money is received, the loan is only forgiven if it is spent in eight weeks with 75% going ...

Jeff Ruby Foundation donates $50K to Restaurant Workers Relief Programs

CINCINNATI, Oh. (LEX 18) — The Jeff Ruby Foundation announced Wednesday that it will donate $50,000 to restaurant worker relief funds in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. As a way to support workers in Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville and Nashville, the Foundation has donated $40,000 to the LEE Initiative's Restaurant Workers Relief Program. The program was launched on March 17 in Louisville, to help furloughed restaurant workers with to-go meals, as well as grocery items. Learn more about Restaurant Workers Relief Program in Lexington See how one Lexington ice cream shop is raising money for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program In Ohio, the Jeff Ruby Foundation is donating $10,000 to the Ohio Restaurant Association. “Once the state mandates were ordered to shutter all in-restaurant dining, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment made the painful decision to...

Britney Ruby Miller On CNN's OutFront With Erin Burnett

Britney Ruby Miller was invited on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss the Coronavirus crisis and its effect on the restaurant industry. Tonight, shattering a record, 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That is double the previous record of 3.3 million, which, of course, was set the week before. This means that nearly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs over the past two weeks because of the coronavirus.  And a lot of those job losses have come from small businesses which have been forced to close their doors due to the shutdown.  OUTFRONT now, one of those people who had to lay off staff as her entire business shut down. Britney Ruby Miller is president of the Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment.  And, Ruby, you had to lay off 600 employees, still, though, providing them with health insurance.  So, you know, Bri, tell m...

A Note To Friends And Guests From Jeff Ruby

Hang In There Friends! Like many others in our industry, we were recently forced to make the difficult decision to temporarily furlough more than 600 of my employees. My extended family. Those who know me know how I feel about each and every one of them and how crushing this decision was. This has been the saddest period of my career.  I’ve dealt with challenges my entire life. At 15 years old, I ran away from a turbulent childhood and raised myself. Through perseverance and the life-changing mentorship of a football coach, I overcame the unenviable hand I was dealt. I’ve had multiple near-death experiences. After one accident in 1987, I was given only a 5% chance of recovering. In 1977, I miraculously escaped the tragic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. I’ve had businesses succeed and businesses fail. Through it all, I had Faith. I had Confidence. And I had hope. ...
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