VICTORIA—With a strict vinyl-only music program, The Ruby restaurant is set to open in Victoria near the end of October alongside the newly renovated Hotel Zed.
The Ruby owner-operator Chris Jones said the space is geared toward the local market but will provide foodservice for the hotel and incorporate some of the 60s and 70s design of the hotel.
“There will just be an emphasis on cool; not pretentious,” said Jones, who has teamed up with owner-operator Josh Goyert.
The interior will consist of repurposed wood and other items to create what Jones calls a “distressed, contemporary, black and white feel.”
A collection of records from several genres including folk, country, indie rock and hip-hop will be incorporated into the design.
“The thing I love about vinyl is that it’s not a playlist and if you come in at two o’clock each day, you’re not going to hear the same music,” Jones said.
The restaurant will focus on a daily breakfast from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a traditional rotisserie chicken program starting at 11 a.m., which Jones said takes three to four days to prepare.
The Ruby teamed up with local roaster Discovery Coffee to produce a house blend created to pair with hash browns. The restaurant will also serve doughnut holes—produced by Discovery—on locally-crafted boards with each bill as a twist on the traditional mints.
Jones, who has a 10-year history as food and beverage director at two luxury properties in Victoria, said the restaurant will serve his favourite BC wines and offer on tap several selections from the Phillips Brewing Company alongside the local brewery’s craft ginger ale and root beer in bottles.
Hotel Zed is a one-off concept produced by the team behind Accent Inns.
“They are going to make sure it is such a hit with the locals that we get it packed in there, so that will create a vibe for the whole property,” Accent Inns president and chief executive officer Mandy Farmer said.
The 62-room Hotel Zed opened for business in May as a property stamped with the vibrant colours and “retro-chic” of the 1960s and 70s.
According to Jones, the 50-seat, 2,000-square-foot restaurant will also provide foodservice for the hotel lobby and room service.