Ruby Tuesday Appoints Jeffrey C. Wood as Chief Development Officer and Announces the Addition of Key Finance and Culinary

  Ruby Tuesday Appoints Jeffrey C. Wood as Chief Development Officer and
  Announces the Addition of Key Finance and Culinary Leadership Positions

Business Wire

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- May 6, 2013

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey C.
Wood as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Wood, a
restaurant development veteran with over 27 years of industry experience,
joins Ruby Tuesday from his most recent role as the Chief Development Officer
of Qdoba Restaurant Corp. Before joining Qdoba, Jeff worked in various senior
real estate development roles for Dave & Buster’s, Inc., Brinker
International, Inc., and TGI Friday’s, Inc., in addition to working in the
restaurant leasing division of Simon Property Group, a leading shopping mall
owner and real estate company. He holds an MBA and BBA from Southern Methodist
University, both with real estate concentrations. Jeff’s experience will be
instrumental in the support of the repositioning effort around design elements
for the Ruby Tuesday brand, in addition to future real estate design and
development strategies for the Ruby Tuesday and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
concepts.

Wood joins two recent new hires to the Ruby Tuesday senior management team,
Jill Golder and Mark Bibby. Jill joined the Company in early April as Senior
Vice President Finance and she brings over 25 years of industry experience,
most recently serving as the CFO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. The
majority of Jill’s industry experience has been in various senior finance
roles for Darden Restaurants, Inc., including work with Olive Garden, Red
Lobster, and the Specialty Restaurant Group brands. Jill’s responsibilities
will include financial planning and analysis for both the Ruby Tuesday and
Lime Fresh concepts, in addition to sales forecasting and marketing investment
optimization.

We are also pleased to announce that Mark Bibby joined the company in late
March as the Vice President of Culinary & Beverage – Executive Chef. Mark
brings more than 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry as a
concept chef for private and public companies, most recently serving as the VP
of Culinary Operations for Smokey Bones Restaurants. He also has experience
with several Canadian companies, having served as Executive Chef at SIR Corp,
a Canadian restaurant company with three concepts, including varied-menu
casual dining chain Jack Astor’s. Mark’s experience in the areas of menu
development and implementation will be leveraged in the launch of a broader
range of food items that are in line with Ruby Tuesday’s more casual and
approachable menu positioning.

JJ Buettgen, President and CEO, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Jeff,
Jill, and Mark to our senior management team as they complement and further
strengthen our organization. Their skills, in tandem with our existing
leadership team, will help facilitate our plans to reposition Ruby Tuesday to
a more lively and approachable brand position which we believe has the
potential to increase our sales and profitability.”

                              ABOUT RUBY TUESDAY

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has Company-owned and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand
restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia,11 foreign countries, and
Guam. As of March 5, 2013, we owned and operated 709 Ruby Tuesday restaurants
and franchised 77 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, comprised of 33 domestic and 44
international restaurants. Our Company-owned and operated restaurants are
concentrated primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest
of the United States, which we consider to be our core markets.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: RT).

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains various forward-looking statements, which
represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including one
or more of the following: future financial performance and restaurant growth
(both Company-owned and franchised), future capital expenditures, future
borrowings and repayments of debt, availability of financing on terms
attractive to the Company, payment of dividends, stock and bond repurchases,
restaurant acquisitions, and changes in senior management and in the Board of
Directors. We caution the reader that a number of important factors and
uncertainties could, individually or in the aggregate, cause our actual
results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking
statements (such statements include, but are not limited to, statements
relating to cost savings that we estimate may result from any programs we
implement, our estimates of future capital spending and free cash flow, our
targets for annual growth in same restaurant sales and average annual sales
per restaurant, and the benefits of our television marketing), including,
without limitation, the following: general economic conditions; changes in
promotional, couponing and advertising strategies; changes in our guests’
disposable income; consumer spending trends and habits; increased competition
in the restaurant market; laws and regulations affecting labor and employee
benefit costs, including further potential increases in state and federally
mandated minimum wages, and healthcare reform; guests’ acceptance of changes
in menu items; guests’ acceptance of our development prototypes and remodeled
restaurants; our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies;
mall-traffic trends; changes in the availability and cost of capital; weather
conditions in the regions in which Company-owned and franchised restaurants
are operated; costs and availability of food and beverage inventory; our
ability to attract and retain qualified managers, franchisees and team
members; impact of adoption of new accounting standards; impact of food-borne
illnesses resulting from an outbreak at either Ruby Tuesday or other
restaurant concepts; our ability to complete our planned sale-leaseback
transactions; effects of actual or threatened future terrorist attacks in the
United States; and significant fluctuations in energy prices.

Contact:

Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Greg Ashley, 865-379-5700
VP Finance & Treasurer
 
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