Ruby's Oyster Bar & Bistro chef Greg McDowell woke up an hour early Tuesday to cook only 20 meals for the entire day, he said. Not because Ruby’s had a slow breakfast and lunch crowd, but because they were being used as one several Rye settings for an NBC drama pilot that was filmed in Rye yesterday.
“The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives,” a new “soapy thriller” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television used Purchase street as its background from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s pretty cool,” McDowell said, accustomed to film crews shooting in Ruby’s and around town. This was the third film crew that has rented Ruby’s this year alone, he said.
A crew of about 200 people ran the production at Ruby’s for about four hours to get a 90 second scene, McDowell said. Most of the time the actors were just walking by in front of the restaurant, he said.
“A regular customer came in and just sat at the table with the actors for a while,” McDowell said laughing. “I think they eventually noticed.”
But Ruby’s was closed for normal breakfast and lunch business and diverted customers to Morgan’s steakhouse, which has also been used for film sets in the past, he said.
The crews were filming at Aurora restaurant around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Some crew members said they had also filmed in front of Plush Blow Dry Bar earlier in the day. The staging area was set up at Harrison's Willow Ridge Country Club.
The plot of "The Secret Lives of Husband and Wives," revolves around a murder in suburban California that complicates the lives of three couples and their families.
The series stars Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Henderson, James Tupper, Laura Allen. Read the full list of cast members here on IMDB.