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Old 02-23-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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Ruby Tuesday has bought the JC Stir Fry and will change it into one of their Wok Hay concepts.

Two things I don't understand:
1. Stir Fry sell in a wildly successful location.
2. Ruby Tuesday buying a sushi place only to turn it into a pan-asian place. Why not lease an empty building or build to suit?

I looked at the Wok Hay menu ... it just doesn't get me excited.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Supposedly Ruby Tuesday is aggressively marketing/expanding with their Wok Hay concept.

Stir Fry seems to be pretty entrepreneurial in spirit (opening in downtown Kinsgport, opening 112 Downtown in Johnson City). According to their Facebook, they're opening 'something new' (potentially a Stir Fry in a new location).

I wonder if their new development is gonna be in or near downtown? I'm pretty excited about that idea.

I also honestly think that the Barnes & Noble center has some issues. There's not nearly enough parking, rent may be pretty high, and over the next 10-15 years development is going to start occuring closer-in to South Johnson City, around downtown. Maybe Stir Fry is just ahead of the curve?
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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True. If Stir Fry moves locations, they may have hit the jackpot. I don't understand it from Ruby's perspective. They freaked out about rent at their JC mall location. I think a Wok Hay would have made sense there. ???
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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The Kingsport Stir Fry will remain open and run by the existing company. Yay!
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I'm glad it will remain, along with the original Knoxville location (not Turkey Creek, which is also being converted into Wok Hay), which leads me to believe that Stir Fry is looking to get away from neo-traditional open air, big box developments and out of potentially sky high lease agreements.

Makes business sense to me. Like rccrain, I don't really get it from Ruby Tuesday's perspective. I guess they're hoping the built-in customer base will remain loyal?
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Piney Flats, TN
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Bummer. We really liked Stir Fry. Their food was of good quality, the atmosphere and music were trendy, and it seemed to draw a more classy crowd on the weekends. I'm sorry to see it go.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Default What happened to Stir-Fry in J.C.?

Place was always packed...now its been renamed WokHey? Anybody know whats up with the new name?
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:26 AM
 
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Darn! A chain. My Mom called me last week and said there was a big 'Now Open' banner at Stir Fry with a new name of Wok Hey, and invited us over to eat. So we jump in the car and go and walk up to the door and it says in little tiny print 'Open in June'.

And I have to say I'm even more disappointed that they are being bought by anything like Ruby Tuesday - prepackaged food that all they have to do is heat it up...rotten tomatoes and slimy lettuce on the salad bar on multiple occasions, and a few stomach aches after eating there and we said goodbye to Ruby forever.

All this talk of Asian food has me in the mood to go over to Elizabethton and eat at Red Chili. YUM!
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