Nancy Oswald 
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Re: “Ruth’s Chris Steak House to open in French Quarter Inn

Thank you for the warm wishes all ! We are thrilled to be bringing Ruth's Chris to Charleston. The Palmetto State has welcomed us with open arms and has been extremely supportive of our Ruth's Chris restaurants in Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. And, we look forward to continuing that tradition in Charleston.

As to the name -- the original single unit restaurant that Ruth Fertel, a gutsy and determined divorced mom who felt she needed to own her own business to raise and educate her sons, bought in New Orleans in 1965 was called "Chris Steak House." Part of the deal with the original owner (Chris Mautlich) was she was restricted from using the Chris Steak House name if she ever relocated. When a fire forced her to move, she simply added her name to the original -- making it "Ruth's Chris Steak House." She never dreamed she would have another restaurant across town -- much less 140+ restaurants around the world today. A great American success story !

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Posted by Nancy Oswald on May 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Ruth’s Chris Steak House to open in French Quarter Inn

Kinsey -

We look forward to making you a Ruth's Chris convert once our first sizzling steak is served in Charleston and understanding first-hand that our food, service and hospitality are unique, distinctive and befitting a collection of premier locally-inspired steakhouses.

And, you are correct, the name is certainly distinctive. A restaurant reviewer once told founder Ruth Fertel personally that "Ruth's Chris Steak House" should be the national sobriety test -- that anyone who could say the tongue-twisting moniker three times in a row could certainly not have overly imbibed.

With thanks --
Nancy Oswald
Co-Owner, Ruth's Chris Steak House Charleston

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Posted by Nancy Oswald on May 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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