Ruth’s Chris Steak House coming to Smith Haven Mall


Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a Florida-based franchise with origins in New Orleans, is coming to the Smith Haven Mall.

The steak house will fill the vacancy left behind from Bonefish Grill, between Barnes & Noble and P.F. Chang’s.

Mallgoers will soon be able to have the option to dine on filets, ribeyes and New York strips, as well as chicken, fish and vegetarian options. The website’s cocktail menu also boasts drinks “steeped in New Orleans heritage” alongside classic and modern cocktails.

According to its website, some Ruth’s Chris locations offer lunch and happy hour times, but it is unknown if the Smith Haven Mall location will feature either.

A public relations representative for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, the parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, declined to provide an opening date or other information regarding the new restaurant.

The restaurant’s website outlines a dress code for a family-friendly atmosphere that asks diners to refrain from “wearing clothing with offensive graphics or language, midriff-baring outfits, exposed undergarments, cut-off shorts and tank tops.” While hats are not allowed in the dining room, they are permitted in bar areas, as are sport’s team jerseys.

The steak house franchise’s name comes from the company’s founder, Ruth Fertel, who, according to the company’s website, mortgaged her house to purchase Chris’ Steak House in New Orleans in 1965. After the establishment suffered a fire in 1976, Fertel relocated. She could not use the same name on her new restaurant due to contractual issues, so she added hers to it, forming Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

The following year she began offering her name and her steaks to franchisees. What was a sole steak house run by a single mother of two has expanded its reach across continents and oceans. Currently, there are Ruth’s Chris locations in 12 countries.

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