Ruby Sunshine

Just before 2018 ended, the New Orleans all-day breakfast restaurant Ruby Sunshine announced it would open its first Tennessee location at 231 Public Square in March 2019.

Sunday afternoon, we were invited to a biscuit making event with Ruby Sunshine CEO Jennifer Weishaupt, who flew in from New Orleans for the special event.

Ruby Sunshine is the “twin sister,” as Weishaupt explained, of the original concept called Ruby Slipper, which opened in New Orleans in 2008.

We learned the secret to their famous biscuits is in their simplicity. The biscuits are just three ingredients. As the group gathered around a large kitchen island, we were given large stainless steel bowls filled with flour. Unlike other biscuit recipes where you cut butter into squares, we shaved our butter over the flour and then added the buttermilk. The result was a multi-layer, pull apart buttery fluffy biscuit, then we topped it with one of Ruby Slipper’s signature choices: cane sugar butter, strawberry mimosa jam, or banana foster jam.

Weishaupt didn’t give an exact date as to when the Franklin location will be open but did share a second location in the greater Nashville area will be opening in addition to a Knoxville location.

Ruby Sunshine will offer Big Easy twists on Southern brunch classics, including benedicts, pancakes, and French Toast, as well as eye-opening cocktails. On Sunday, we were greeted by the signature “Ruby Slipper” mimosa made with pomegranate and orange juice.

We can’t wait until the restaurant opens to enjoy more of the menu of breakfast staples like BBQ Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Cochon Benedict and Bananas Foster Pain Perdu, as well as morning time cocktails like the Brandy Milk Punch, Morning Margarita, Mimosas and, of course, their award-winning Bloody Marys.

The 4,300-square-foot restaurant will have a mix of bar, booth and table seating for up to 159 guests. The best part will be the outdoor patio area and private event space.

Watch our video from our biscuit making event. Keep checking back here for an official opening date and be sure to follow Ruby Sunshine on Facebook.


Ruby Slipper Café and Ruby Sunshine restaurants bring the unique flavors and hospitality of New Orleans to breakfast and brunch. Founded in post-Katrina New Orleans, Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt turned a blighted corner store into a cozy restaurant, with the hope that it would help draw people back to the Mid-City community. The Ruby Slipper Café was an instant hit, becoming a sought out destination among both locals and visitors to the city. In the decade since opening that neighborhood storefront, Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group has become one of the fastest growing concepts in the Southern United States. The group has grown to operate two brands with eleven restaurants. Both Ruby Slipper Café and Ruby Sunshine remain owned and operated by the original founders. They serve all-day brunch and eye-opening cocktails seven days a week.