Business owner wants to help improve blighted neighborhood

Michael Ronnebaum
November 16, 2017 - 5:55 am

The owners of a new restaurant hope to change the future of the neighborhood around 30th Street South and Troost.

Ruby Jeans Juicery could set a new tone for business growth on Troost Avenue. The business opened on Saturday.

"I saw it as an opportunity for us to take our ability to blend all walks of life and bring it to a place where red-lining and segregation and separation has been a thing for so long," said Chris Goode, owner and founder. "I thought it was a perfect opportunity for us."

Goode wants to help revitalize the area. Business has been good in the first few days of operation.

"We played host to at least 600 or more people," Goode said. "We served 500 customers in a matter of just over four hours."

Good said he wants people from diverse backgrounds to come together and he hopes his new location can provide a place for that to happen.

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