From Cincinnati Enquirer: Ruby closing Tropicana
Jeff Ruby said Friday he is closing his Newport on the Levee restaurant, Jeff Ruby’s Tropicana, June 30 because he is being sued over its name.
Tropicana Entertainment, the Crestview Hills-based gaming company owned by Bill Yung III, filed the lawsuit a year ago. The company has since gone bankrupt and lost the gambling license for its Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, but it has not dropped the suit.
I can’t say that I’m totally surprised by this news. It explains why the Tropicana was looking pretty ratty lately. I think the suit is part of the reason for closing, a loss of interest another. Jeff Ruby could have easily changed the name to “Jeff Ruby’s” and kept it open. Even though he talks about the decor, it is definitely nothing special. But, Jeff Ruby’s excited about his latest restaurant venture with Bootsy Collins, Bootsy-Ruby’s and it’s clear his focus is over there.