Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Deal is Dead, Says Landlord


Back in December we broke the news that Cinci-Based Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse was planning to open in the old National City Bank lobby, originally home to the Cleveland Trust Co.

Today we are breaking the news that the deal officially is dead.

“No, it’s not happening,” says Frank Sinito, CEO of Cleveland-based The Millennia Companies, the owner of the building. “All I can say is it wasn’t on me.”

Work already had commenced on the column-lined lobby space of the Garfield Building, one of Cleveland’s most spectacular interiors. Much of the 11-story structure, built in the 1890s, is being converted into apartments.

All is not lost, says Sinito.

“There is definitely a plan [for the space] and we’re excited about it, it’s just a little premature to talk about it,” he says. “We’re going to do something really fantastic.”

Meanwhile, just today it was announced that Jeff Ruby's would open a location in Columbus. Go figure. 

Multiple attempts to reach Ruby and his representatives have been fruitless. 

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