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Jeff Ruby's temporarily lays off staff, will continue to pay healthcare premiums for employees

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:56:43-04

(LEX 18) — Jeff Ruby will be laying off workers temporarily following mandates to close restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement from Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment says that it will have to lay off hourly staff as well as a large percentage of salaried managers.

"This is an unfathomably difficult decision. We need to ensure that the organization is able to remain viable when our team returns from what is hopefully a very temporary situation," reads a press release from the company.

Staff members will be able to sign up for unemployment benefits. The company will continue paying 100% of all affected employees healthcare premiums.

All Jeff Ruby restaurants have been closed EXCEPT The Precinct in Cincinnati, which continues to offer curbside takeout.

"It's unthinkable that his has become a new normal for the entire restaurant industry," said Britney Ruby Miller, President of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment. "We're hurting for everyone right now who have had to follow suit and make the exact same difficult decisions we've been forced to make. We're very confident, though, that we'll all bounce back stronger than ever from this temporary situation and can't wait to welcome back our team and our guests to Celebrate Life with us very soon."