Ruby Sunshine brings brunch favorites to Brook Highland – Shelby County Reporter

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By EMILY SPARACINO | Editor-in-chief

SHELBY NORTH – After months of waiting, a popular restaurant with Louisiana roots offered brunch dishes and morning cocktails in New Orleans at a new location in the Brook Highland community.

Ruby Sunshine’s location at Brook Highland is the second location to open in the Birmingham area in the past two years, with the first opening at Homewood in August 2019.

Ruby Sunshine is a brand of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group, the collective behind New Orleans-based restaurant Ruby Slipper Café.

Ruby Slipper founder Jennifer Weishaupt said she and her team were excited about the long-awaited opening of the location after “a very long year.”

“Birmingham was on our radar as a market where we thought we could add locations,” Weishaupt said, noting that Homewood’s location exceeded their expectations. But then the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020. “It put an end to all plans. “

However, the wait came to an end this week for area 280 residents and the restaurant took advantage of its opening to give back to the community.

On December 17-18, all diners ate free, and instead of paying for their meals, patrons were asked to donate $ 5 to Magic City Harvest, a perishable food collection program serving the greater region. from Birmingham.

“We are honored to be a part of this community,” said Peter Gaudreau, CEO of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group. “The residents of Birmingham welcomed us with open arms, and we are delighted to bring our famous Benedictines, Bacon Bloody Marys and New Orleans Brunch to a second location in Birmingham. We also look forward to spreading the holiday cheer by donating to a great local nonprofit, Magic City Harvest. “

Ruby Sunshine’s menu also includes shrimp and barbecue grits, Pig Egg Benedict and Foster Pain Perdu bananas, as well as morning cocktails like Brandy Milk Punch, Big Easy Mimosa and Morning Margarita.

Weishaupt said the restaurant is known for its eight different Benedictines who, with their homemade buttermilk cookies and homemade hollandaise sauce, fall into the comfort food category and represent the bold flavors and unique combinations that Ruby Sunshine incorporates into its dishes.

The menu also includes many options for foodies.

In addition to Bananas Foster Pain Perdu, Ruby Sunshine serves stuffed French toast and seasonal pancakes, such as white chocolate bread pudding pancakes.

Weishaupt also praised the restaurant’s burger with onion and bacon jam.

Food is important, but Weishaupt said his company also wants to convey the concept of gracious hospitality and treat customers as if they were guests in someone’s house.

“(We want to take) really good care of our staff so that they can take really good care of our guests,” she said.

And, when it comes to the roots of the business, taking care of people is at the heart of the business.

Weishaupt and her husband started Ruby Slipper Café in May 2008 with the goal of restoring a sense of normalcy after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.

“It was really part of a post-Katrina reconstruction of our neighborhood,” Weishaupt said. “It was the idea that if we opened a breakfast brunch cafe it would be a nice gathering place for the neighbors.”

With backgrounds in chemical and electrical engineering, Weishaupt and her husband were newcomers to the restaurant industry, hoping to get lucky and simply break even.

“We took risks with the hope that it would be a catalyst in rebuilding the neighborhood,” she said. “The right place, the right time… whatever it was, clearly we had stumbled upon something that people were really interested in.”

The first Ruby Slipper Café was a small, 50-seat restaurant. A few months after it opened, the cafe had queues of customers at the door.

“We had a really loyal and wonderful guest base,” Weishaupt said. “They kept asking us, ‘When are you going to open another location? “”

About two and a half years later, they opened the second location in New Orleans’ central business district, and more locations quickly followed.

Ruby Sunshine was launched in 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.

The Brook Highland location represents the company’s 20th restaurant.

Ruby Sunshine Brook Highland is located at 5243 US 280 South.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on weekends.

To view the full menu, visit Rubysunshine.com.


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