Restaurant opens in downtown Macon’s Gateway Plaza

People can once again make a dash to Ruby’s In A Rush restaurant in the Gateway Plaza building in downtown Macon.

Betty Mock, the owner of Molly’s Cafe on Cherry Street in Macon, opened the eatery Monday. It is on the first floor of the office building at Broadway, Mulberry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Molly’s will “absolutely” remain open, Mock said.

“The menu will be a little bit different (from Molly’s menu), she said. “We will have hotdogs ... sandwiches, soup and salads. It will be a kind of grab-and-go kind of thing.” Full meat and vegetable meals will not be served.

While some people may want to get their food to go, the restaurant will have enough seating for about 20 people.

The business also will carry prepackaged snacks and cookies.

“I will play it by ear and see what everybody wants,” Mock said.

She did not have to do any renovations.

“Everything was in there, and so we left everything the way it was,” she said.

Ruby’s first opened as a coffee and deli shop in January 2006 and closed in March 2008.

When Jeff Jones, who was involved in developing the building, first approached her about opening the restaurant, Mock said she was hesitant.

“At first, I said it’s too close to Molly’s and I’ll be competing with myself,” Mock said. “But this is something a little different. It will give some more variety to downtown.”

During its soft opening this week, Ruby’s In A Rush will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and beginning next week it will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.