Jeff Ruby

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Jeff Ruby (born Brian Jeffrey Kranz, April 19, 1948) is an American entrepreneur and businessman. Ruby is the founder of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment which owns the restaurants Jeff Ruby Steakhouse, The Precint and Carlo & Johnny.[1][2][3][4]


Jeff first worked at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery every morning before school running the grill. In his senior year Jeff turned himself around and became a straight A student. Jeff's high school football coach Jeep Bednarik became his mentor and helped turn his life around. Bednarik also assisted with Jeff getting a scholarship to Cornell University.[5][6] Jeff attended Cornell University School of Hotel Administration graduating in 1965.[7] After graduating from Cornell, Jeff was asked by the owner of Holiday Inn to manage one of his hotels in Cincinnati. At the Holiday Inn in Cincinnati Jeff met Johnny Bench and Pete Rose becoming business partners with him. With their financial backing Jeff was able to open his first restaurant The Precinct in 1981.[8] The Precinct has since become the longest-running fine dining restaurant in Cincinnati. In 2007 Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse Louisville made national news when Jeff refused to serve O. J. Simpson.[9][10] Jeff's second restaurant The Waterfront opened in 1986. The Waterfront was a floating restaurant on the Ohio River in Cincinnati. In the 2010s The Waterfront struggled due to issues with the restaurant breaking free twice from its dock and a barge hitting it.[11] The Waterfront became submerged in the Ohio River and had to be demolished in October 2014.[12]

In 1999 Jeff opened his first restaurant Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse using his signature name. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse was located on Walnut Street and quickly became a popular restaurant in Cincinnati. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse expanded with a second location in Louisville, Kentucky in 2001.[13] Jeff expanded in 2016 with the establishment of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse Nashville.[14][15] In 2017 Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse opened a third location in Columbus, Ohio.[16] In 2019 Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse opened a fourth location in Lexington, Kentucky.[17] In 2022 the first Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse relocated to the new development called The Foundry at Fountain Square.[18] In November 2022 Toby Keith performed at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Lexington with Jeff on stage.[19]


In 2010 Jeff began sponsoring jockeys. Jeff does not profit from his sponsorship but instead donates to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.[20] In 2018 the Spiral Stakes American thoroughbred horse race at Turfway Park was renamed to Jeff Ruby Steaks.[21]

Jeff founded the Jeff Ruby Foundation in 2015 to reduce poverty through the childcare foster system of Cincinnati.[22]

Personal life

Jeff Ruby was born on April 19, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey. Jeff took his last name from his step father Walter Ruby whom he first learned about the restaurant business.[23][24][25] Jeff has three children.[26]


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  2. "New book by Jeff Ruby chronicles his success story". Fox 19.
  3. Romine, Stepfanie (March 21, 2008). "Jeff Ruby: Unifying marketing as he expands". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  4. Culbertson, Amy (September 2, 1999). "Look out, downtown: It's Jeff Ruby". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  5. "Buying Into Jeff". Cincinnati Magazine. October 1986.
  6. "Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse: Leader In Fine Dining Experience". TOPS Lexington. 16 (3). March 2022.
  7. Weaver, Bridgett. "IN PERSON: Jeff Ruby says, 'They come to our restaurants to celebrate life'". Louisville Business First.
  8. Wiley, Chelsea (9 December 2017). "Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse Is Audacious, Excessive, And Outrageous … And You're Going To Love It". Columbus Navigator.
  9. "Steakhouse Owner Refuses to Serve O.J. Simpson". Fox News. January 13, 2015.
  10. Fenton, Angie (July 1, 2007). "The Man Who Ousted O.J.". The Courier-Journal.
  11. Conlon, Kevin (February 6, 2014). "Floating restaurant in Kentucky rolls down Ohio River – again". CNN.
  12. BieryGolic, Keith (October 17, 2014). "Ruby's Waterfront became 'Poseidon Adventure'". Cincinnati.
  13. "Jeff Ruby says Louisville steakhouse is staying open". WDRB. August 12, 2020.
  14. "A Look Inside: Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse". Nashville Guru.
  15. Pandolfi, Keith (January 18, 2022). "'We will not let you down.' Jeff Ruby's to provide 'safe space' for Bengals fans in Nashville". Cincinnati Enquirer.
  16. Brownfield, Andy (May 5, 2016). "Jeff Ruby opening Columbus steakhouse". Cincinnati Business Courier.
  17. "Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse announces Lexington opening; reservations being accepted". WKYT. March 28, 2019.
  18. Weldon, Casey (August 9, 2021). "Jeff Ruby's Restaurant relocating to The Foundry at Fountain Square". Spectrum News.
  19. "Toby Keith takes the stage with Cincinnati restauranteur Jeff Ruby at his steakhouse". WLWT. November 7, 2022.
  20. Chengery, Elyse (May 16, 2018). "Restauranteur [sic] Jeff Ruby talks charity work for injured jockeys, sponsoring KY Derby winner". NBC 4I.
  21. "From Spiral Stakes to Jeff Ruby Steaks". The Enquirer. January 25, 2018.
  22. Mongillo, Meghan (February 10, 2020). "Cincinnati restaurateur's foundation aims to help foster children, their caregivers". Local12.
  23. "The Godfather". Cincy. August 2007.
  24. Windeler, Robert (2013). Not Counting Tomorrow: The Unlikely Life of Jeff Ruby. Black Tie Productions.
  25. Paolello, Sheree (23 May 2017). "Meet Jeff Ruby: The story behind the provocative, outspoken restaurateur". WLWT.
  26. Clements, Adam (November 24, 2015). "Restaurant king Ruby passes torch to his children". Local 12.

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