Ruby’s Family Restaurant in Eminence, Mo., is one of the more bustling places in town.

Ruby Rainbolt, owner, bought the former T&T’s Family Restaurant in 1999 and changed the name to Ruby’s Family Restaurant. 

“I worked at T&T’s off and on for about 10 years as a waitress before buying it. I thought it would be a good business for me,” said Rainbolt.

Ruby’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant with Rainbolt and her daughter and two granddaughters also working there.

Over the years, Rainbolt has updated the ceilings, painted the outside of the restaurant, installed new tile, and replaced all the chairs.

“We kept the T&T’s in some places of the restaurant because that’s what some of our locals still call it,” said Rainbolt. 

According to Rainbolt, Ruby’s get more locals in the winter, but in the summertime they get more tourists.

“We definitely get more tourists in the summer because of all the campgrounds, but when it gets colder, we see more locals,” said Rainbolt.

Ruby’s Restaurant sees travelers from such places as Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis.

For Rainbolt, the most rewarding thing about owning a restaurant is seeing the people.

“I love visiting with our locals, our travelers, and meeting new people. It’s my favorite part,” said Rainbolt.

Rainbolt spends most of her time in the back cooking during restaurant hours, and spends several hours making schedules for all 14 employees.

“I cook almost all the breakfast and I help cook dinner on Friday and Saturday nights,” said Rainbolt.

For breakfast, scrambled eggs and bacon has to be considered one of the favorite’s at Ruby’s, but the short stack of pancakes is also very popular.

The hardest part about running a restaurant for Rainbolt is having employees.

“It is not what it used to be 15 years ago. It’s very time consuming making schedules for everyone, but it pays off,” said Rainbolt.

The busiest time of the year for Ruby’s is summer, but what is the busiest time of the day?

According to Rainbolt, each day is different. 

“It is very unpredictable, some days it’s crazy, other days its not,” she said.

Ruby’s Family Restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Each meal is a made from scratch, home-cooked meal that we cook daily,” said Rainbolt.

Ruby’s has been in business for 18 years serving the Eminence community and plans on many more years of service.

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