Ruby Tuesday Announces the Appointment of Todd Burrowes as President, Ruby Tuesday Concept and Chief Operations Officer

  Ruby Tuesday Announces the Appointment of Todd Burrowes as President, Ruby
  Tuesday Concept and Chief Operations Officer

Business Wire

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- June 11, 2013

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced the appointment of Todd Burrowes
as President, Ruby Tuesday concept and Chief Operations Officer. Burrowes, who
has more than 25 years of industry experience, joins Ruby Tuesday after
spending the past five years as the Executive Vice President of Operations for
LongHorn Steakhouse, a portfolio brand of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Burrowes
previously served as Regional Vice President of Operations, Director of
Management Training and Development, and Director of Operations for LongHorn
Steakhouse. Prior to his tenure with LongHorn Steakhouse, Burrowes’ roles
included Regional Director of Operations for Corner Bakery Café and Vice
President of Operations for Saltgrass Steak House. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in history from the University of Houston.

JJ Buettgen, President and CEO, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Todd to
our senior management team. Todd is an extremely capable executive and a
motivating leader whose breadth and depth of experience will further
strengthen our organization. Todd will be instrumental in leading our efforts
to reposition the Ruby Tuesday brand, creating a more lively and approachable
guest experience which we believe will provide opportunities 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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