Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the largest upscale steakhouse company in the world with locations around the globe. Founded in New Orleans, La., by Ruth Fertel in 1965, Ruth’s Chris specializes in USDA prime grade steaks broiled at 1,800 degrees, served on a 500-degree plate with salt, pepper and a pat of butter to give it that Ruth’s Chris signature sizzle.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has been in business in Troy (755 W. Big Beaver, Suite 151) for 20 years, and has just undergone a “refresh” of the dining area and lounge. New fixtures, art, flooring, walls, seating and lighting bring dazzle to the venue while updated audio-visual equipment provide the necessary technical advances for the private dining room areas where meetings and seminars take place.
I met with Kellie Holcomb, Ruth’s Chris’ regional sales and catering manager, to talk to her about the Troy Ruth’s Chris and its newly updated décor and, of course, to take the tour.
There hasn’t been any heavy construction work, but the newly remodeled bar and restaurant areas look clean and sophisticated, and the artwork is extraordinary.
“The artwork is really the highlight of the refresh. We brought in a sense of Detroit architecture, automobiles and Detroit sports teams,” Holcomb says. “We also have one of our small dining rooms dedicated to a graffiti artist.”
The core things that have always represented Ruth’s Chris Steak House remain the same, including the menu and yes, the steaks. The Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour is open Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. and features its own separate menu with happy hour pricing. But don’t expect the typical bar food fare. With offerings like Prime Burger with Fries, Seared Ahi Tuna and Crab Beignets to pair with Ruth’s Manhattan, a Gin Basil Smash or a Classic Cosmo, Ruth’s Chris happy hour is a fantastic way to kick off any weekday evening.
When it comes to being a world-class host, Ruth’s Chris prides itself on following in its founder’s footsteps. Ruth Fertel opened the first Ruth’s Chris in 1965 and has replicated her generous Southern hospitality in all her locations and in all the details without compromising her high standards. That also includes Ruth’s Chris’ off-site catering; whether it’s a small business gathering or a 100-person wedding reception, the measure of excellence is the same.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House has grown from those humble Louisiana roots to a global entity that is now traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. To honor the generosity of Ruth Fertel, who fed the linemen working to restore power in New Orleans following a hurricane many years ago, and as a sign of appreciation for their ongoing success, Holcomb explains that Ruth’s Chris routinely participates in community outreach projects. As the sales manager, she works to engage the staff and donate food to at least four charity events every year, and most of those are focused on children’s charities. Organizations such as Kids Kicking Cancer have benefited from their generosity.
“Nobody gets paid to do any of these events; everyone volunteers their time and our staff is more than willing to give,” she says.
Ruth’s Chris is open 365 days a year, and that includes Christmas Day. “We have a huge Christmas Day crowd that includes a lot of the Jewish community,” she says.
There are currently 163 locations across the United States and in several international locations such as Dubai, Singapore and San Salvador, and Ruth’s Chris is in the process of opening two more locations.
“We have private dining rooms that are exceptional locations for private parties, holiday parties, business meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, bat and bar mitzvahs, showers and reunions,” she adds. “We are not open for lunch, but we do schedule private lunch events.”
Ruth’s Chris uses Quality Kosher catering for some events, and with advanced notice, kosher diets can be accommodated if the request is mentioned during the process of making dining reservations.
“We always accommodate anyone who would like a kosher meal,” she says.
Whether you are looking to book a private party or a catered event, enjoy an extraordinary happy hour with friends or sink your teeth into a sizzling steak, check out Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Troy and savor the beautiful new artwork and décor as well as some delicious food.