Thursday, January 13, 2011

Is Jeff Ruby's by Any Other Name Just as Savory?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM

click to enlarge Inside Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, now the Steakhouse - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Inside Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, now the Steakhouse
River City Casino has yet to post information on its website about the new steakhouse, called the Steakhouse, that replaced Jeff Ruby's, which closed in November of last year. I stopped by the casino today, hoping to spy a menu.

I did.

The good news? The menu isn't similar to Jeff Ruby's menu -- it basically is Jeff Ruby's menu.

The overlap is nearly complete: USDA-prime steaks, sauces, starters, salads, sides. Whereas Jeff Ruby's has "Jeff Ruby's Jewel," a top-of-the-line steak served with cipollini onions and shiso peppers, the Steakhouse has..."River City's Jewel," a top-of-the-line steak served with cipollini onions and shiso peppers. The prices are comparable across the board.

The bad news? The menu isn't similar to Jeff Ruby's menu -- it basically is Jeff Ruby's menu.

OK, this isn't bad news, necessarily. What it means, though, is that the Steakhouse has set itself a very high bar with those of us who were blown away by Jeff Ruby's.

Of course, with the menu and prices of the old and new restaurants virtually identical, it once again raises the question -- a question that went unanswered despite numerous phone calls to the involved parties: What happened between Jeff Ruby's and Pinnacle Entertainment, the parent company of River City Casino, in the first place?

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