It's a sad day for healthy food fans on the Northshore, as Ruby's Natural Foods, Slidell's longest operating natural food shop and luncheon counter, announced it will close its doors permanently the first week of June.
"My grandmother Ruby is just ready to retire and travel," said Michelle Hall, who has been helping operate the shop for over 20 years. "She's looking forward to the next phase of her life."
A trailblazing health food store, Ruby's opened in 1980, and has become a lunchtime favorite for diners in the area in search of good-for-you fare. The daily menu offers a number of diner classics with a healthy twist, including a mushroom burger, veggie super sandwich, and a daily selection of garden-based soups.
If you're looking to stock up on milk alternatives or have one last egg salad sandwich, head to Ruby's and pay tribute to a woman who was talking about sprouts and superfoods long before every New Orleans neighborhood had a fresh-pressed juice joint.
Ruby's Natural Foods
1030 Gause Blvd., W, Slidell