I’ve heard rumors and read stories that the death of Ruby’s bar on the boardwalk of Coney Island may not come true after all. The business that was going in there pulled out at the last minute. Karma, is that you calling? I can’t find concrete evidence one way or the other, so the best way is to just go out and see what they have to say.
The sun sets on the boardwalk at Coney Island.
Here's Paul's Daughter's food stand, they were one of the businesses that was going to be forced out.
But with the businesses pulling out, maybe they'll be here next year. I sure hope so.
And here we are, Ruby's Bar, let's go check out closing night of the season.
A decent crowd has assembled on this cold night.
There's three familiar faces at the bar...
The tables are filled with people having their last drinks of the season.
Historical photos of Coney Island through the years hang on the wall behind the bar.
A long shot of the wooden bar at Ruby's.
And here's Mike behind the bar. I asked him if Ruby's was going to be open next year and he told me that all he could say was that they're in negotiations. Well, that sounds promising!
I asked him if the new TV on the wall was part of the negotiations and he just laughed and said, "Maybe." Hey, if it takes a TV in Ruby's to stay in business, that's fine by me, I just won't look at it.
Here's a couple starting Halloween celebrations a night early.
A song is chosen for the jukebox...
And a couple gets up and dances to it. Hopefully this won't be the last dance at Ruby's bar.
This woman told me she just moved here from the West Coast and hopes to see another season at Ruby's.
Leonardo was selling beads in the crowd.
So I bought a strand for good luck and posed with Leonardo and Lindsay.
Melody confirmed that Ruby's is in negotiations to stay on the boardwalk and asked everyone to keep their fingers crossed. I told her I'd keep my eyes crossed as well!
Shawn flashes a peace-out in front of a Warrior.
Vintage Coney Island books sit side by side with the booze behind the bar.
The boardwalk signs have been brought in for the season.
The bar is starting to clear out.
The chairs are stacked on the tables...
And I take one last obligatory bathroom mirror shot for the road.
Hopefully we'll see you next season, Ruby's! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark. and One More Folded Sunset.
Bonus Photos From Shawn Chittle!
Shawn sent me some photos he shot from last night. Wonderful shots, Shawn, thanks!