Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby was at his restaurant in Louisville for Kentucky Derby weekend, when an employee approached him, apparently excited that O.J. Simpson was sitting down to dinner.
Ruby said he took another puff of his cigar and another sip of his drink and decided, "I don't want him here."
Ruby said he found Simpson in the Churchhill room of his "Jeff Ruby's Louisville" steakhouse and told Simpson, "I'm not serving you."
Ruby said he did it for the Goldman and Brown families, referring, of course, to the families of the people O.J. was accused of killing.
Simpson was found not guilty in the criminal trial, but liable in a civil trial.
After telling Simpson to leave, he said the former NFL football star was "classy" about it, rounded up his party and left.
Then, Ruby said, he went into the Churchill Room to be sure they were gone and people at other tables started standing. "They all got up and gave me a standing ovation, started applauding."
Ruby said it happened throughout the restaurant.
He added that the next day in the restaurant, "Nobody in Louisville was talking about who won the Derby, who lost, what happened to the favorite, or the Queen. They were just talking about 'O.J. got thrown out of the place.'"
Ruby's Louisville restaurant is the only one he owns outside of our Tri-state area. It's been open about a year.