Ruby’s Diner on Oceanside Pier announces permanent closure

The Ruby's Diner on Oceanside Pier, which opened in 1996, has permanently closed.
The Ruby’s Diner on Oceanside Pier, which opened in 1982, has permanently closed.
(Courtesy of Ruby’s Diner)

The 1950s-style diner had been temporarily shuttered since last March


Ruby’s Diner, a 1950s-style burgers-and-shakes restaurant that stood at the end of Oceanside Pier for the past 25 years, has served its last Ruby Burger.

On its Facebook page Friday afternoon, the Ruby’s corporate office in Newport Beach announced that the Oceanside location, along with the 25-year-old outlet on the Huntington Beach Pier, would close at the end of service that day. The Oceanside location had been temporarily closed for all but takeout since March 16, due to the pandemic. Officials with Ruby’s could not be reached for comment.

“After nearly 30 amazing years, we have to say goodbye to our Huntington Beach and Oceanside locations,” the Facebook post read. “We are deeply saddened to be closing our doors, but we are so thankful for all the wonderful memories that were shared over the years at the end of these two iconic piers. To the H.B. and Oceanside community, thank you so much for your unwavering support since we first opened our doors. It’s been such a pleasure to serve you over the years.”

Ruby's Diner on Oceanside Pier has permanently closed.
(Courtesy of Ruby’s Diner)

The Ruby’s location in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets shopping center will remain open. It’s the only one left of five original locations in San Diego County. Over the past seven years, Ruby’s outlets have also closed in El Cajon, National City and the Sports Arena/Midway area.

The Oceanside location has had challenges in the past. In September 2018, it was one of four Ruby’s restaurants that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The others were in Huntington Beach, Palm Springs and Laguna Hills. Under terms of that deal, Ruby’s franchisee Steven L. Craig agreed to invest in the locations through a structured debt agreement. In a press release issued at the time, Ruby’s founder and CEO Doug Cavanaugh voiced optimism for the future.

“In recent years, as Ruby’s has evolved with a changing industry, the company suffered some financial setbacks from which we have been working to recover. For the most part, we have been successful,” Cavanaugh said. “We believe the agreement, once implemented, will significantly improve our capital structure and provide Ruby’s the best opportunity for long-term success. Specifically, all employees, franchisees, guests and vendors will be paid on a prompt and timely basis going forward and our restaurants will remain open.”

Of the four that filed for Chapter 11 protection three years ago, only the Laguna Hills venue is still operating.

Oceanside officials say that a new tenant has signed, or will soon sign, a lease for the two-story, Cape Cod-inspired structure at the end of the 1,942-foot-long pier. The city plans to announce the name of the new tenant soon.