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Last remaining Bobby Rubino's Place for Ribs in South Florida to close

Owner says Louisiana-based Raising Cane's will take its place
Bobby Rubino's Place for Ribs sign in Pompano Beach
Posted at 3:06 PM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-16 15:06:15-05

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — After 43 years in business, the last remaining Bobby Rubino's Place for Ribs in South Florida will soon be closing for good.

Bobby Rubino's owner John Castellano told the South Florida SunSentinel that his rib-shack restaurant on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach will be demolished later this year.

Taking its place will be Raising Cane's, the Louisiana-based fast-food chain specializing in chicken tenders.

Castellano told the newspaper he signed a contract last year to sell the building and lease out the land on which it sits.

Bobby Rubino's in Pompano Beach closing for good
Bobby Rubino's, which opened its Pompano Beach location in 1979, is closing for good later this year.

The restaurant's namesake and founder first broke into the rib business in 1972, teaming with future rival Tony Roma, who recruited Rubino away from a maître d position in Miami to help open the original Tony Roma's restaurant in North Miami.

Rubino, who died in 2001 at the age of 70, eventually decided to go into business for himself, opening the first Bobby Rubino's restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 1978. The Pompano Beach location opened a year later.

The first Raising Cane's in Florida is slated to open next month in Miami Beach.

Castellano was unavailable for comment.