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BITS OF BUSINESS | Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday; Adios, El Jalisco

The chairs from Ruby Tuesday were stacked in pairs outside the restaurant Wednesday, the first sign that something was amiss.

If the sight of several men loading the chairs in a tractor-trailer wasn’t a dead giveaway, a look inside the barren restaurant was.

Restaurant Director of Operations Bob Flannery confirmed that the eatery closed last week. He deferred further comment to Ruby Tuesday’s media relations department, which did not respond to requests for comment.

The American cuisine restaurant was operated at the corner of South Atherton Street and University Drive.

Adios, El Jalisco

El Jalisco’s parking lot is snowed in and for good reason — the Patton Township restaurant recently closed.

Owner Gustavo Rubio opened the Mexican restaurant on North Atherton Street in August 2013. His family also owns Rey Azteca on Benner Pike in College Township.

Rubio could not be reached for comment.

El Jalisco was opened to give people on the other side of town Mexican cuisine. The furniture and decor in the restaurant were imported from Jalisco, a Mexican state, which is how the eatery got its name.

AccuWeather acquires two weather companies

AccuWeather announced Monday it recently acquired WeatherBank, Inc., an integrated meteorology company based in Oklahoma City, and Thursday that it bought Hazard Notifications based in Norman, Okla.

WeatherBank’s services will add to AccuWeather’s weather databases, patented weather technology, specialized programming and consulting services.

“As a successful, well-respected company in the weather industry, WeatherBank is a unique asset,” AccuWeather Chief Executive Officer Barry Lee Myers said in a statement. “AccuWeather is proud to integrate its capabilities, further strengthening the AccuWeather forecasting capabilities and services for businesses around the world. We welcome the WeatherBank team and value their long-standing expertise, excellent reputation and respect, and specialized forecasting advancements, supporting our continued growth as the world’s leading weather company.”

WeatherBank’s services include custom forecasting, ambient air quality measuring, instrumentation and calibration, environmental system audits and forensic weather studies.

The company also provides hourly forecasting products that extend as far as two years into the future as well as real-time lightning displays, threat maps and hurricane tracking displays, and maintains a proprietary database of almost 40,000 weather and environmental products and a comprehensive historical record of hourly and daily weather information.

Hazard Notifications develops custom weather forecast modeling and mapping with feature-specific applications integrated across digital platforms.