• St. Petersburg, FL
  • Ruth's Hospitality Group
  • 2/4/15

Newest restaurant to open in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 9

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is excited to announce the opening of its newest restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida. Scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9, also proclaimed as Ruth’s Chris Steak House Day in St. Petersburg, this marks the 144th restaurant for the legendary brand which also celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

Fifty years after opening its first restaurant in New Orleans, the company remains true to the values instilled by founder Ruth Fertel - superior quality food, the most hospitable service, and a genuine affection for everyone who truly enjoys the experience of dining with other people.

These values, along with delicious USDA Prime steaks, sourced from only the top 2% of the country’s beef and served on 500° sizzling plates (so they stay warm through the very last bite), served with scratch made salads, sides and desserts, are key ingredients in making Ruth’s Chris the largest upscale steakhouse company in the world.

Conveniently located at downtown’s SUNDIAL, at 131 Second Avenue North, Ruth’s Chris will offer the same top-notch service, food, handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wine list it offers globally while bringing to St. Pete innovative new menu selections, more outdoor patio dining, daily “Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl $8 Happy Hour,” a series of five-course wine and cocktail pairing dinners, and a seasonal three-course menu starting at $43.95 per person. Ruth’s Chris welcomes groups and meetings with two state-of-the art private dining rooms and is equipped to take its exceptional service and delicious menu to local events with its offsite catering program. From the New York Strip and Fresh Lobster to the Blackberry Sidecar and Hand-Selected Wines, there’s something for every palate to savor.

“Bill Edwards has taken great efforts to bring SUNDIAL to fruition and we are honored to be associated with him and his team,” said Michael P. O'Donnell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.

“A world class steak house was at the top of my must-have list for SUNDIAL,” said the center’s owner Bill Edwards. “Ruth’s Chris obviously fits that bill and I am thrilled they are bringing their signature sizzle to St. Pete.”

Prior to opening day, Ruth’s Chris will host private team training dinners benefiting Southeastern Guide Dogs that will feature live music from New Orleans-based jazz band, the Storyville Stompers. “We thank our guests in advance for supporting our wonderful charity partner,” said Mark Nourjian, General Manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Opening Date:
Monday, February 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday, 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m.
$8 Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

General Manager:
Mark Nourjian

Executive Chef:
John Zimmerman

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 131 Second Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-821-4139

Guests are encouraged to share their experiences at #thisishowitsdone.


About Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel nearly 50 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ruth had a recipe for everything – from how to prepare her signature sizzling steaks to how to treat her guests. This timeless formula is a testament to how what started as a neighborhood eatery has now become the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world, with over 140 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth’s Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. This is how it’s done at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. For more information, please visit


SUNDIAL is St. Petersburg’s premiere retail, dining and entertainment center, located in the heart of downtown. Just steps from the world famous waterfront, SUNDIAL includes a special collection of shops, restaurants and spa experiences unique to the Tampa Bay area. The center features a modern, clean design with finishes such as travertine, quartzite stone, custom stainless railings, European shade umbrellas, and state of the art video boards. The plaza’s centerpiece is a nearly three-story working sundial and fountain designed by Emmy Award-winning production designer René Lagler. The sundial is a nod to St. Petersburg’s history as the Sunshine City, and was designed to keep accurate solar time. In addition to the sundial, bronze dolphins created by St. Petersburg-based artist Mark Aeling create a memorable picture spot.

About Southeastern Guide Dogs

Southeastern Guide Dogs is internationally accredited and named as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Nonprofit of the Year. Founded in 1982, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding. For more information, visit

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