Ruby’s Diner was founded in 1982 when Dough Cavanaugh decided to remodel an abandoned building at the end of Balboa Pier in California. Cavanaugh liked the 1940’s look of the building, so he modeled his restaurant after that time period.
The restaurant chain serves classic American cuisine, such as cheeseburgers, milkshakes, French fries, salads, soup, and chili. While the basic Swing Era design is the same at every location, the company tries to add unique touches to reflect the local area. The name of the restaurant is the first name of Cavanaugh’s mother and every location has her high school yearbook picture in each restaurant.
Today, Ruby’s Diner has 35 locations. The company named a new CEO in March of 2015, Scott Barnett, the first new CEO in almost 30 years.