Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: The Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain accidentally demolished a competitor's restaurant.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, August 2008]
Origins: In August 2008, the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain, which has over
The videos of this event, which supposedly took place at
The videos were merely a publicity stunt, however. Aside from the implausibility of a strictly-regulated demolition crew's cluelessly planting and setting off charges in the wrong place, the supposed "accidental" demolition of the wrong building failed to garner any real news coverage, and there was neither a Ruby Tuesday restaurant nor a Cheeky's Bar and Grill in Mount Holly, Ohio, prior to the alleged incident. (The latter existed only as a framework web site established just in time for the Ruby Tuesday promotion). As well, Ruby Tuesday's remodeling project involved refurbishing existing outlets, not demolishing them and building new ones.
Ruby Tuesday strung out the gag by putting up a faux letter of apology on its web site, while the shell Cheeky's Bar and Grill web site bore a legend stating that the site was unavailable and imploring witnesses to the
You may have heard recent news about the demolition of the last old-style Ruby Tuesday and the building we "blew up" by mistake wasn't really real (you already had your suspicions?). It was all for fun and our way of showing just how much we have changed, how most casual dining restaurants have come to look alike, and how much fresher and better Ruby Tuesday really is now.The theme for this promotional stunt can be found in a line uttered by "Jim Robbins, senior VP of marketing" during a video apology to Cheeky's Bar and Grill which is currently airing as a television commercial for Ruby Tuesday: "It is extremely unlikely that a Ruby Tuesday restaurant will ever be confused for any other casual dining establishment again."
Cheeky's Bar & Grill, the other "restaurant" that was "demolished" by mistake was actually a scale model in a studio in Hollywood. We were joshing you a little, and we hope you'll forgive us. We couldn't help it, really. All these changes that have made our restaurants the best they've ever been make us
Last updated: 7 August 2008
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