Ruby's Bar & Grill, Coney Island. May 28, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Ruby's Bar & Grill in Coney Island. May 28, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita via flickr

You’ve probably already heard about the odious decision to show the door to all but two of Coney Island’s boardwalk businesses. Zamperla, the Italian company that leases city properly and runs Luna Park, is single-handedly re-branding Coney Island with more upscale fare.

But the businesses are not going down without a fight. Several got together recently to discuss legal action and at least one, Cha Cha’s, feels crossed after being told his lease would be renewed.

Now they want the public’s vocal support. Fans of Ruby’s bar is asking everyone to sign their petition to renew the boardwalk staple’s lease. And the bar is having a rally and party tomorrow to show the powers that be that they will not go quietly into the freaky night.

From a Ruby’s rep, on the Coney Island Message Board:

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

It may very well be Ruby’s last day of operation, so it’s worth showing up just so you can tell the kiddies you were there for the death rattle, when they tell you they read in school about some amusement park in Coney Island – that place they only know for condos and shopping.

So sign the petition and show up to Ruby’s Bar & Grill on the boardwalk near Stillwell Avenue between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to show your support and play a role in a tragically historic Southern Brooklyn event!

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  • LongLiveTheNewConey

    it’s about time those run-down filthy businesses were closed. They couldnt survive an honest Board of Health inspection. It’s time to renew Coney Island, get new exciting businesses in there, where I can go for a bite or a drink and not get hassled by a drunken lowlife. Geez, I cannot believe what these people are defending. The boardwalk front has been an embarrassment for years. I brought a friend there a few years ago, and she recoiled in horror when she saw these establishments. Thank goodness this Italian fellow has the guts (and money) to do what needs to be done. I’ve lived here for 46 years, and have waited for this moment for decades. Bring it on, Zamperla!

  • Cabbie

    I was at Ruby’s Saturday for a drink and to sign the petition. Fun time – also sad. Lots of good people there.

    They should re-name Coney Island – Nuovo Disney.

    R.I.P. CONEY !

  • tj

    nothin like stepping on crack vials on the way to the restroom in chachas

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