This Labor Day, we’re featuring local go-getters who are putting in the work to make big things happen for our community and beyond. In this feature, learn about a local restaurateur who is taking on the reigns of her father’s legacy - amid a global pandemic - and making an impactful legacy of her own.
Britney Ruby Miller is here to continue her father’s legacy, even if that means adapting in unprecedented times during COVID-19.
When the coronavirus outbreak first began, restaurants across the state shut down. “When the Jeff Ruby family of restaurants were focused to close due to restrictions back in March, it was the saddest day in my father’s life,” says Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby’s. “He started this company four decades ago and now that I am leading the organizations, I knew it was my duty to make sure our restaurants, and the restaurant industry, survived this so they could be around for the next four decades and beyond.”
Ruby Miller feels that supporting the restaurant industry and ensuring its survival is not just carrying on the legacy of her father, but she’s also here to serve a duty to the employees who have helped grow the company to what it is today.
When the COVID-19 pandemic was in its earliest stages, the survival of the industry was all Ruby Miller could think about. “Since mid-March, I have connected and worked extensively with other restaurateurs, the Ohio Restaurant Association, and built relationships with elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels,” she says.
Her local impact may be much more evident than we think. In fact, Ruby Miller served on Governor DeWine’s Restaurant Re-Opening Task force.
“Our work provided the reopening blueprint and protocols for the industry in Ohio and also served as the basis for other states’ plans as well,” she adds.
While the future is unclear, and 2020 has proven that, Ruby Miller says that she knows the determination of the restaurant industry can power them through these troubling times.
“What I can say is the restaurant industry has grit and fervor and where there is a will, there is a way,” she says. “Our hope is that our elected officials continue to use facts and date to drive the decisions that affect so many people affiliated with our industry. “We strongly believe that by masking up, following the safety protocols already in place, and being vigilant, we can continue to make progress. Ultimately, we can’t do anything without the support of our loyal guests and we can’t begin to say just how much we appreciate their gracious support over this period.”
Most recently, Ruby Miller was named to the board of the Ohio Restaurant Association. “Britney represents a family business that has grown into a multi-state fine dining group,” says ORA president John Barker. “She also serves on Governor DeWine’s Restaurant Advisory Group and is very active with the ORA, advocating with elected officials in D.C., our state capital and Cincinnati.”
In the times since the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, Jeff Ruby’s has reopened all of its restaurants 7 days a week, with the exception of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Columbus, which is open Tuesday through Sunday.
To learn more about Jeff Ruby’s, visit https://www.jeffruby.com.