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Ruth Chris’ Steak House Is Sizzling

Ruth Chris’ Steak House Is Sizzling

The social season is still kicking butt, and although I wrote a little snippet of the opening of the Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse a few weeks ago, here are a few pictures that tell the story of the gorgeous dining room, and your future dining experience.

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At the “ribbon cutting” earlier this month, Marsha Brown told us the story of how she came to open Ruth Chris’ Steak House. In the 1970’s Marsha Brown was working with a major bank in New Orleans. One of her clients was Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. “Ruth’s restaurant in New Orleans was always rocking with politicians, sports figures, celebrities and local regulars,” Brown recalls. “She knew everybody, and that’s what I wanted for myself.”

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In 1987, she bought her first Ruth’s Chris franchise in Center City (this new spot is the where the Broad Street franchise moved to – in the Sonesta Hotel [ at 1800 Market Street].) in 1995 she opened a second location on Long Island, which is now one of the top-grossing restaurants in the national franchise. The third came along in 2001, across from the King of Prussia Mall.

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During the soft opening of the eatery, Ruth Chris’ accepted donations from guests for Drueding Center raising $16,000, which was presented to the organization that assists homeless women and their children transition into housing.

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Designed by Beth Donner Design Group in close partnership with Brown, the new Ruth’s Chris Steak House Philadelphia evokes a sense of intimacy with elements of surprise throughout that intrigue and inspire guests to keep coming back for more. Notable elements of the design include the 30 ft. refrigerated wine-wall that will house nearly 2,000 of the restaurant’s wine selection, and artwork curated by Brown from famed artists DeVon and Todd White from Galerie Rue Royale located in New Orleans, LA and Ron Rundo from Long Island, NY.

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Hosting 250 seats with indoor and outdoor tables, the new location will be open for lunch as well as dinner and the lively Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl happy hour. Additionally, it will have three private dining rooms, The Spirit Room which can hold up to 25 guests, The Infinity Room which can hold up to 45 guests and the 1800 Degree Room which can hold up to 12 guests.   Ruth

“The art really takes the space to another level; I invested in thought provoking pieces that you wouldn’t typically see in a dining environment but ones that would pay homage to not only my hometown, but Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s roots as well,” stated Brown.

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The famous artists whose work adorn the walls of the 7,400 sq. ft. restaurant will serve as conversation pieces as well as must-see works for art enthusiasts.

RuthWork by DeVon, a contemporary pop artist in the vein of Andy Warhol who has worked with some of the most recognized celebrities and entertainment executives including, Mariah Carey, Brandon Boyd and Pete Wentz is joined by works by Todd White, the Official Artist for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, and Ron Rundo, whose commissioned works for the likes of Howard Stern and Sidney Sheldon illustrate his classical style of painting that strives to enhance and heighten the beauty found in nature.

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Cheater’s Booths

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Marsha Brown with Sheila Hess, City Rep. Mike and I had dinner at Ruth Chris’ last week and it was delicious. The steaks really come out sizzling, but cool down quickly for you to enjoy. I really like this new spot, it was classy, sleek, sexy and intimate as well.