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Marlin & Rays Closes after Just 8 Months in Business

11:30 a.m. Thursday 

Ruby Tuesday CEO and President James “JJ” Buettgen said he’s proud lead the restaurant chain, but times are tough and that’s why the company decided to shed all 13 Marlin and Rays seafood restaurants.

Employees got word last night the eateries were closing. Two former Ruby Tuesday restaurants – one in North Stafford and the other in Manassas – are closed because of the decision, and it’s unclear at this time what will happen with the properties.

Overall, the company lost $15 million on the decision to changeover those restaurants and others like them from the American fare served at Ruby Tuesday to the seafood served at Marlin and Rays. Other restaurants that were apart of the Ruby Tuesday expansion announced last year are also being jettisoned, including a Wok Hay restaurant and two Lime Fresh restaurants. A buyer for a fourth brand, Truffles Grill, is being sought.

“As we make these difficult decisions, we want to let the team members of these closed restaurants know that we appreciate their passion and commitment and we are working to ensure affected by these planned closures are given opportunities at other Ruby Tuesday or Lime Fresh restaurants,” said Buettgen in a press statement.

Ruby Tuesday will, for now, put plans for expansion aside and instead focus on growing same-store sales, according to a press release.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday 

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — The final ship has come in for a chain of seafood restaurants in the area.

Marlin and Rays closed its doors this evening at it’s location in North Stafford. Employees came to the locally-owned Mainstreet Bar and Grill across from the chain restaurant said they were called into work at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and were told the restaurant was closing for good.

A spokesperson for the restaurant chain could not immediately be reached.

A second source told Potomac Local News all 13 Marlin and Rays restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, and Tennessee will close their doors.

Many Marlin and Rays locations were converted from Ruby Tuesday restaurants that specialize in American dining fare. Many Marlin and Rays employees could opt to transfer to Ruby Tuesday locations if positions are available, according to our source.

Marlin and Rays in North Stafford was open just eight months before closing its doors. Its closure comes as another area restaurant, The Otter House in Fredericksburg, announced it will close this weekend.

The North Stafford location was one of two Marlin and Rays restaurants in Virginia. The second is in the Manassas area on Sudley Road. 


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  • L

    There is also a Marlin & Ray’s in Fairfax so there actually were 3 in Virginia.

  • tim lorenz

    have a gift card . can i use it somewhere else or am i out of luck.

    • Jes

      Their website says you can use the gift cards at any Ruby Tuesday.

  • Jes

    I hope the employees were taken care of… Their website says you can use the gift cards at any Ruby Tuesday.

    • josh

      the employees of all marlin & ray’s locations were given positions at nearby ruby tuesday locations if they wanted them.

  • Kim

    MARLIN RAYS was awesome! Loved their seafood, atmosphere & friendliness. We were going to go their Friday night but decided to go “next” weekend. My brother & sister-in-law went to Marlin Rays for the first time Sat night and found out they were “CLOSED”. I told him they heard he was coming and decided to close. Anyway – I think it’s very sad that local restaurants have to close their doors having not been opened even a whole year. Would love to know the exact reasons. Will miss them.

  • annette

    This is really sad new. Marlin and Rays was a good addition to Stafford. My family loved it. I would have preferred to lose Ruby Tuesday since there are 2 in Prince William County.

  • I loved their Happy Hour great prices

  • Grace

    This is sad. It had become one of our favorite local restaurants. Staff was great, too. I hope they found other work.

  • I found this restaurant to suck! Their seafood was frozen and poorly prepared. The service in the restaurant side was poor at best. We waited and waited for our server. Many servers walked past us but didn’t bother to see if we were taken cars of. The service at the bar was far better. They had a good happy hour menu and specials. I’m very surprised this place stayed open as long as it did. However my prediction was correct after the first visit, I gave it less than a year. If Stafford had a good seafood restaurant it would work. We need fresh seafood, prepared properly in stafford. The management sucked!! How can your staff ignor customers, because you were hiding in the back. I’m so happy to see this dump closed. I believe the servers can get a job at McDonald’s, maybe.

  • Heartbrokem

    I am hurt! I have traveled TWO hours to get to this fine, fine restaurant. My family and I will truly miss our favorite hang out spot. And I say NO to Ruby Tuesday:(

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