By Pete Smith
Regular diners at Ruth’s Chris Steak House knew this day would come when the restaurant announced a year ago that it would be moving to the new Ironworks building at the southwest corner of Keystone at the Crossing.
The restaurant plans to close July 26 for three weeks until it reopens on Aug. 18. But as the closure date gets nearer, the customers who often populate the restaurant and its popular bar might find themselves at a loss as to where to go.
“It’s like Cheers. I can tell you who’s in four seats on any given night. You have your Norms,” said managing partner Ryan Craig. “I have a person, if you walked up to him you’d be like, ‘Cliff Clavin?’”
Craig said the most common questions he hears are, “Are you sure the bar is going to be the same? Is it going to have the same character?”
Craig says yes, but people will need to be patient as his staff disassembles the current restaurant to move to the new location.
And he said it will be worth the wait.
The new restaurant will feature the same staff, bartenders and entertainers that the regular crowd has grown to love but without the recent drawbacks such as a leaky roof.
The new restaurant will have 470 seats on two levels and 125 outdoor seats. The first floor will house the restaurant and bar, while the second floor will be reserved for private functions like meetings, conference or wedding-related events.
The new location will also feature a new meat cutting room to allow meats to be cut in-house.
Craig said the restaurant can cut different sizes of fillets or even cut Porterhouse steaks for one to four people.
“I think this is a huge growth for us,” Craig said. “We’re getting bigger in all the ways everybody has been asking for.”
One of the most intriguing features will also be the best seat in the house – a private glass-encased dining room right next to the entrance that’s free with only a reservation.
“Everyone coming in will see you,” Craig said.
And anyone concerned about parking shouldn’t be Craig said. There should be plenty of surface parking because the other Ironworks residents will utilize and underground parking lot.
For more information call 844-1155.