Ruby’s Streamliner Lounge and Diner in Old Towne Orange Opens April 19th
A few months ago, we had the opportunity to meet with Edward Brandt, the general manager of the new Ruby’s Diner to talk a little about the vision for the new restaurant in Old Towne Orange, located in the historic Santa Fe train depot. Hearing about their plans was exciting, and after attending a preview opening last week we were not disappointed.
The train depot was built in 1938 and after much thoughtful restoration and remodeling, the restaurant gives you the feel of being a traveler in the 30’s. You can just imagine getting off the train (now the Orange Metrolink station) and experiencing the ambiance of Ruby’s Streamliner Lounge as you stop in for a drink and relax. There in the lounge and throughout the diner, antique trains run on tracks above, the décor reminds you of days gone by, and the friendly service invites you back again. The upscale bar features updated menu items such as swordfish tacos and margaritas, but the diner retains the same popular menu items that customers have come to rely on at Ruby’s.
Retro Dining and Remembrances
There something for everyone here; the parking is plentiful and afterwards you may want to visit the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain in the adjacent park area. It was the brainchild of John Whiteriver, a long time Orange resident and commander of the local American Legion. Retro dining and remembrances of those who’ve gone before us—that’s what we’re all about in Old Towne Orange, and that’s what this new location provides for us.
Just a little trivia you many find interesting: there are 1004 window panes on the Ruby’s building, and out of those, 225 had to have decades old tint removed. Lori Nadeau, owner of A Lady’s Touch Facilities Maintenance provided me with this info as she and I talked at one of the “soft openings” preceding the grand opening. Her ties to the community in Orange are longstanding and Ruby’s holds a special place in her heart: it was her 105 year old “Mawmaw”’s favorite lunch destination. For her, getting the maintenance account at Ruby’s was another way to stay connected to those memories.
So, hello Ruby’s – and welcome to Old Towne Orange. No need to say goodbye, though. We’ll come and go – and we’ll be coming back again!