SOURCE: Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

January 08, 2014 09:25 ET

"Not Counting Tomorrow: The Unlikely Life of Jeff Ruby" Available on

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Jan 8, 2014) -  He may be best known as the man who stood up to O.J. Simpson, or demanded justice for two-year-old Caylee Anthony. You also may know him for bursting into the Drew Peterson trial and staring down the former cop convicted of murdering his wife.

He's also known for a namesake chain of Midwest steakhouses that consistently rate above steakhouses in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.

But before all that, Jeff Ruby was a kid from the Jersey Shore homeless at age 15, not knowing who his father was, estranged from his mother, scuffing out a hardscrabble living in neighborhood cafes and bars and being forced to grow up way too soon.

Along the way Ruby played football at Cornell, became a restaurant manager and then owner, hobnobbed with starlets and athletes, had a .45 pointed at his head, had a heart attack, been in two comas, barely survived the tragic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and has lived to tell it all.

In "Not Counting Tomorrow: The Unlikely Life of Jeff Ruby," coauthor Robert Windeler follows Ruby's amazing life story from Asbury Park to the top of the culinary world, serving actors and actresses, heads of state, presidents and hall of fame athletes. You'll find out how a job with Holiday Inn in Cincinnati led to a chance meeting with baseball superstars Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and eventually opened the doors for Ruby to start his iconic steakhouses, and why no celebrity chef commands more money to put his name on a restaurant than he.

"Not Counting Tomorrow: The Unlikely Life of Jeff Ruby" available at

In 1993 he was one of just two members inducted into the Nightclub and Bar Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The other was Hugh Hefner. But with all his success in the restaurant business, his notoriety may be through the "ripped from the headlines" confrontation with Simpson, refusing to serve him in the Jeff Ruby Louisville steakhouse; or the full-page ad he purchased after the Casey Anthony acquittal; or the days spent in the Drew Peterson murder trial in Joliet, Illinois.

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