Decades ago, Ruth Fertel’s bold vision and recipe for success laid the foundation for one of the world’s most legendary steak houses.

The History of Ruth's Chris

From Humble Beginnings

Ruth’s Chris was founded in New Orleans in 1965 by the one and only Ruth Fertel. In a time when most women couldn’t even apply for a bank card without their husband’s signature, Ruth risked it all and mortgaged her home to buy a small restaurant called Chris Steak House. Ruth opened the first franchise in 1977, and today we bring great steak to more than 100 locations in 21 countries, including right here in Edmonton, Alberta.


Why Is It Called Ruth's Chris?

A Worldwide Brand

In 1976, a kitchen fire destroyed Chris Steak House, forcing Ruth to relocate. Ruth successfully found another location but was no longer allowed to use the original name. Short on time, Ruth improvised, adding her own name to the sign, making it “Ruth’s Chris Steak House,” and the legendary name was born.


The First Lady of Steak

As a single mom with two boys, Ruth taught herself the restaurant business, endured countless challenges and, in the process, redefined hospitality. From a 60-seat steak house, she built a business that spans the globe but never lost sight of her original recipe for success: perfect steak, warm hospitality and good times that never stop rolling.