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Managing the growing Jeff Ruby brand is a family affair. All three of Ruby’s children are involved in the company at the Corporate level. Daughter Britney RubyMiller serves as President, and sons Brandon and Dillon Ruby ﬁll roles as Corporate Director of Training and Corporate Traveling Manager. When asked what it’s like to work together Britney Ruby-Miller laughs and says “as cliché as it sounds, it really is awesome. My father is my best friend”. With the kids taking over the day to day management and running of the business, JR, as Britney refers to him, had the freedom to scour the country with
imagination and a blank canvas to design exactly what he envisioned for Lexington. “We give him an unlimited budget and he somehow exceeds it every year,” says Ruby-Miller. A prime example of that would be the extravagant chandeliers Ruby has curated from around the world. “Most restaurant ceilings are 14 feet,” laughs Ruby “I actually had to have them build a gold ﬂeck painted dome, so my 14-foot chandelier didn’t touch the ground”. His kids often joke and say he designs his restaurants not by the square foot, but by the square inch, putting immense attention to every last detail.
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But the attention to detail doesn’t stop with the design. While Ruby has become an expert in ﬁnding the most unique, over-the-top pieces from all over the world he’s also an expert at relationships, ﬁnding top talent and bringing hardworking people into the culture and family. “My father may not be the greatest chef in the country, but he has a knack for ﬁnding the best chef and making them even better,” says Dylan Ruby. The menu at the new Lexington location will feature a more modern look and feel with a chef-driven approach. “Each location has its own executive chef, not kitchen manager, so each of our chefs is given creative control.” While they don’t want to reinvent the classics such as the Baked Mac and Cheese, which has been featured on Food Network or the Freddie Salad, a perfect assembly of hearts of romaine, roma tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon and ranch dressing, guests will ﬁnd hints of southern ﬂair and redeﬁned classics.” Of course, Jeff Ruby’s is known for their steaks, specializing in USDA prime beef. Starting with their house-made rub, they pop the steaks under a broiler to ensure a nice char and perfect temperature every time. Many of the steaks are dry aged and with cuts ranging from a cowboy ribeye
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