Ruby’s of Coney Island: ‘We Will Not Go Down Quietly’

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Bartender Frank Gluska, three years ago. Photo: Melissa Hom

Yesterday the owner of Cha Cha’s told us he wasn’t going down without a fight, and now the owner of Ruby’s has spoken up about Zamperla and Central Amusement’s attempt to strong-arm the 76-year-old bar off the boardwalk. On the Coney Island Message Board, Ruby’s rep Diana Taft-Shumate, a.k.a. “Rubys Host,” has posted the following message.

Hello Friends -

Everyone is asking about Ruby's. YES - that goes without saying we are very sad - devastated in a way that our lease was not renewed. It's like loosing a child for some of us. We have been quiet long enough - NOW ITS TIME TO YELL - GET READY CI PEEPS _ SAT. NOV 6th anytime after 12:30 pm - ? ITS TIME TO RALLY AND LET ZAMPERLA/ RECCHIA/ MARKOWITZ/ CIDC & BlOOMBERG NOW HOW WE FEEL - EVERYONE COME OUT AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR RUBY's -

WE ALSO STARTED A PETITION TO SAVE RUBYS :
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/766/327/062/
please sign and forward to everyone you know.

Keep up to date with Rubys Fan page on Facebook etc -

Have a good night friends ...........

And this from the Ruby’s Facebook page:

CALL TO ALL RUBY's FAMILY & FRIENDS - WE WILL NOT GO DOWN QUIETLY - BOMBARD MARKOWITZ/ RECCHIA & ZAMPERLA WITH CALLS EMAILS ETC - DETAILS OF PLANNED PROTEST TO FOLLOW SHORTLY - WE ONLY HAVE A SHORT TIME ......

The bar will open Saturday, November 6, at 12:30 p.m. — “possibly for the last time.” Again, you can find that petition here. And if you need any motivation to sign it, read Michael Brick’s recollections of Ruby’s, the “darling of Coney Island,” over at City Room.