Marlin & Rays Shutters After 3 Months In Bel Air

The Bel Air location was one of 13 to close.

After little more than three months in business in Bel Air, Marlin & Rays permanently closed its doors Wednesday.

The Bel Air location was not alone in closing. Parent company Ruby Tuesday's president and CEO James “JJ” Buettgen said tough times prompted the decision to close all 13 Marlin and Rays seafood restaurants, a Potomac Local piece reports.

The announcement to close came the same day the company's second-quarter earnings were announced, according to a story on Nation's Restaurant News.

According to Potomac Local, the company lost about $15 million in the conversion of Ruby Tuesday restaurants to Marlin & Rays.

Bel Air was among the conversion sites. Ruby Tuesday closed its 593 Baltimore Pike location in July.

Marlin & Rays guest services manager Sam Parker told Patch in August that closing the Ruby Tuesday was a step toward balancing the number of both chain locations.

You tell us: What are your thoughts on the closing?

Colin January 12, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Who wants to go to the stupid Ihop when you can geat a awesome breakfast for cheap at the double t or greek village
DeDe January 12, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Colin, please be nice. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And honestly, I don't consider the Double T diner to be "cheap". I'm not sure what some of you are looking for in a restaurant, when you say you want something "different". Goodness, we have steak houses, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Italian, down-home cooking at Cracker Barrel, seafood and more. What do you want, dancing waiters?? Oh wait, we have that now - just a few miles down the road on Rt 1 / Belair Rd at Texas Roadhouse! Anyway, personally, I'd love to see someone open a good ol' fashioned crab house in Bel Air (so we wouldn't have to do carry-out all the time to get steamed crabs). Yum, nothing like hot crabs and cold beer!
Jack Palmer January 13, 2013 at 03:20 PM
More than 90+ of the places to eat In Belair are formula restaurants with formula food.,much like the rest of the U.S. It takes a real effort to find anything remotely unique. I use to travel a lot for a company that I worked for and there are hundreds if not thousands of Belairs out there. Same corporate owned restaurants ,clothing stores, tire, pawn, gold buying,fast food, oil change,Walmart,wasteland. This has become the norm. Crap in crap out.
sandy January 13, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I would love to see a up scale soul food restaurant...
Michelle January 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Love Bagel Works for breakfast and Savona for lunch. Looking forward to trying Pairings. Enotrias is great place for atmoshpere and feeling "Welcome". Carlo has opened a cheese & wine shop right in the restaurant and will making fresh pasta and mozzerella soon. We prefer to spend $ on local grass-fed beef/bison, hand-raised poultry/eggs and eat at home than to hit a frozen-processed food chain.
Jean January 13, 2013 at 04:27 PM
My choice of good food believe it or not is Fisherman's Catch in the bowling alley. They have the BEST cream of crab soup and crabcake special. I also like Famous Dave's and Enotria. When we went to Ruby Tuesday's one time it was horrible. They made us wait over an hour for our food. The bathrooms had no toilet paper and they seated people in the walkway. We got so disgusted that we jus took our food home when it finally was served, Yes I am not surprised that they closed up.
Peter Schlehr January 13, 2013 at 06:02 PM
What's next or should that pad site revert to parking?
VolunteerMom2 January 15, 2013 at 03:55 AM
We had no problem with Ruby Tuesday. We'd actually like to see it return to that location. They had nice fish dishes with freshly cooked broccoli, ribs and burgers were good and we always loved the salad bar. It's just that they need servers that actually can be efficient and professional. I know, I'm dreaming. Where's good restaurant management when you need it.
VolunteerMom2 January 15, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Wow, Jean. That must have been on a busy weekend, sorry to hear that. I'd go with my children about twice a month, usually a Wednesday or Thursday evening and food was consistently good, but with strange service. I started asking for a particular servers section who thought quickly on his feet.
VolunteerMom2 January 15, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I think you can sit down and eat crabs at Fallston Seafood and have beer, you may have to reserve a table.
barry kozlowski January 15, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Red Lobster Junior This is not fine dining nor is it good dining. To start off had to ask for everything, glass for my beer, silverware and napkins, by the way when I asked for a glass for my beer, my secondary waitress seemed put off, when she did bring it she just plopped it down, didn't bother to pour the beer in the glass. I guess I expect too much out of a restaurant to get good service.Now to the food. The usual 16-20 count shrimp, very small. Had the seafood sampler, the lobster tail was OK but the crab cake was horrible!!!! My waitress explained that it was made of imitation crab, come on, we are in Maryland!!! Even if you can't get Md Crabs, fresh crab meat is still available form Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, The 4 small shrimp on a stick had no taste and were overcooked.Our waitress after hearing our concerns came back with a card for 1 free appetizer, like that would entice us to come back for horrible food and service!Another flop for Bel Air, we need some up scale eateries in Bel Air, but until then ,it is to Harbor East where you can get excellent service and fresh food from "Top Chefs"!!!!!
Sandy January 15, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Don't forget the Fiesta Grill on Tollgate Road. Food is made to order....they make everything from scratch and it is delicious! If you haven't tried it, stop in some time and give it a try.
Heather January 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM
It would be great if "Rain Forest Cafe" would come to Bel Air. I like to travel just outside the congested area of town to Mountain Branch, for upscale dining. They offer great specials though out the week, have a wonderful wine list, and friendly service. Much better than Pairings.
SnakeSkin January 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM
They should put a Burger King there!!! Hahahahaha!!!!! Marlin and rays food was HORRIBLE!!!!
DeDe January 16, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Good idea, Heather, about Rain Forest Cafe! I love the atmosphere. Can't say it's not different!
mommio January 16, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I'd like to see a buffett restaurant. (No offense Wegman's.) I rode by the Aberdeen Golden Corral today in the middle of the day-and there wasn't a parking space available! Was thinking another choice for a buffett restaurant is much needed. Also, who are all these people who can take the time on a Wednesday afternoon for Golden Corral? Not me!
KT January 17, 2013 at 06:32 AM
California Pizza Kitchen, anyone? That would just be the greatest.
Frank Tasman January 17, 2013 at 03:43 PM
And yet, the mediocre Chili's across the street thrives with lines of people waiting. There was a great chef owned restaurant in Edgewood with authentic New Orleans style menu. Why didn't anyone support it?
James P. Miller January 17, 2013 at 05:49 PM
The food at the Edgewood resturant was not that good. That's why they closed. It was a great location right outside the gate. They could'nt draw the lunch time crowd. That says alot.
James P. Miller January 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
If you are looking for good food and want something different, try the Probst resturant on Route 272 in Port Deposit. Authenic German food at it's best. For good home style cooking give Mamie's a try. Mamies is located in Aberdeen in the same strip shopping center where Home Depot is Route 22 and Beards Hill Road.
James P. Miller January 17, 2013 at 05:58 PM
BelAir used to have a buffit resturant. Horn and Horn. Now that was some interesting food.
DeDe January 17, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I haven't been to Probst, but I totally agree about Mamies. Their food is awesome and plentiful, and I love looking around the place, checking out all the antiques and photos on the walls.
DeDe January 17, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I was surprised by how good the food is at Golden Corral, and they have a great salad bar. Would love to see one open in Bel Air! And James, I remember a buffet restaurant in the Mall, (many moons ago), where the food was on a conveyor belt which went through a wall into the kitchen, so the bins could be refilled by the employees. Was that Horn & Horn? So funny trying to scoop food from a moving target to put on your plate! LOL
VolunteerMom2 January 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I've been to Probst, for lunch, and wasn't too terribly impressed. It could be that I just don't care too much for German food. I'd like to go back and have dinner to see if I feel the same way. Heck, I was in Munich years ago and wasn't so sure of the food. lol. ~~Want great, freshly made pizza dough "Brother's pizza & subs" in the little strip stores by Rita's in Forest Hill/N.Belair. Excellent. Owner worked at Peerce's Plantation years ago. Oh, and the Fox & Fern Cafe will open soon in N.Belair.
Melissa January 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Doesn't suprise me one bit that they closed. Anything Ruby Tuesday is associated with is a joke. Screw the chains and start wearing at your local small business owner establishments. Won't be long before all Ruby Tuesday dumps close down. Service and food sucks. They really thought going more fine dinning is going to help them? Ha!
Smitty January 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Aside from Bonefish, we have always thought that the chain restaurant food is "so so". Support the local establishements! Plenty to choose from in Bel Air. Sean Bolan's, Freddies, Looney's, MaGerks! Liberatore's, Basta Pasta, Scotto's has great italian.
Elizabeth Todd Glass January 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I've lived in Bel Air (yep, that's right; it's TWO words for those above making it one !!) since 1949. What used to be a lovely, rural town, has turned into a bedroom community for those working in Baltimore and D.C. and now a 'thriving metropolis' on its own. With the construction of Rt. 24 in 1987, originally proposed as a bypass to I-95, (NOW they do the bypass of a sort!!) the city has come to Harford and straight into the Town of Bel Air!! We have a diverse selection of cuisines in Bel Air and all around Harford County I see absolutely no reason to place another one , where Marlin and Ray's just closed. The parent company, Ruby Tuesday, will most likely find some type of restaurant to be placed there but I, for one, see no need. If I want something unique to tickle my palate, I'll find a good recipe and cook it myself!! Our locally-owned businesses do need our support. But for now, for me, my kitchen serves me just fine!!
Karl Schuub January 21, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Agreed with above comment "garbage in and garbage out". Sadly chain restaurants are designed to appeal to the average palate...and since everyone's palate is different it's a recipe gauranteed to provide milquetoast bland - neither great nor offensive we are expected to dutifully gobble down moderate quantities of dull and be glad for it. I grow weary of being manipulated by carefully chosen decors each reflecting the careful sameness that we can all recognize as suburban. How very sad that the limited few restaurants in HdG have greater variety and interest than the dozens we have on this side of town.
MrHungry January 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Turn the entrance toward the shopping center and maybe a chikfila or box hill crab cake joint can thrive
Colin January 28, 2013 at 09:37 PM
The Fiesta Grill has overpriced food, very little seating, terrible acoustics (two TVs competing with the radio behind the counter), and cheap plastic utensils. The one time we ate there we had to ask for chips and salsa, but then declined them because they charge for that. The food was unevenly cooked and some of our meal sat cooling because the cook didn't tell anyone it was done. When we finally go it, it was more cool than warm. They also tacked on an 18 percent gratuity onto the bill and there were only three of us.


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