Huntington Beach

HB council OK’s deal with Ruby’s Diner

RUBY'S DINER has been at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier since 1993 (Wikipedia photo).

RUBY’S DINER has been at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier since 1993 (Wikipedia photo).

In the novel “The Great Gatsby,” the light at the end of the dock symbolized, well, English teachers are still debating that. But the new lights at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier will signify that an updated Ruby’s Diner will continue to serve burgers, shakes and fries well into the 21st century.

On Monday night, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6-0 – with Councilman Dave Sullivan absent – to approve a new agreement with the Forties era-themed eatery chain.

The new lease deal will require the popular restaurant company, whose eateries feature a Forties motif, to invest over $160,000 in improvements to the building and pay a rent increase of one-half of one percent starting in 2022.

Ruby’s has been a fixture on the pier since 1993. Under the terms of the new agreement, Ruby’s will:

•meet new city insurance requirements

•paint the building at least once every three years, if needed, and the roof

•pay a rent increase of 3 percent every third year

•pay a 1 percent “late charge” for any rent amount due and unpaid

•make $160,000 in improvements including interior flooring, ceiling, wall material, tables, seating, décor, lighting fixtures and exterior new Tivoli (LED) lighting on the roof, as well as add “Surf City USA” signage on the roof

•make all improvements during two years.

Also Monday night the council voted 6-0 to give final approval of an ordinance creating a deputy community prosecutor working with the Orange County District Attorney. Annual cost of the prosecutor would be around $145,000.

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