Rachel was born and raised in Savannah Georgia. She started in the restaurant industry at sixteen years old and has always had a passion for wine. Rachel has been with the Ruth’s Chris family since 2010 and her passion for fine wine and food continues to grow. She enjoys educating guests and staff on wine. She loves the south and strives to commend true southern hospitality to all guests who walk through the door.
Richard Hattaway had a love for food at an early age. Growing up in the south, his horizons were broadened by his family's passion for good food. On one side, his grandfather owned a bakery and a candy company. His other grandfather owned a large cattle farm. This diverse upbringing afforded him the opportunity to see the work and effort of truly bringing food to the table.
While working for some of the finest chefs in the south, Richard was top of his class at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Beginning in predominately French kitchens, he worked through restaurants featuring classic French, Japanese & French fusion, modern American, Latin and rustic southern food. These restaurants taught him the foundation of being both ingredient and technique driven. He was one of the younger chefs in the city after he became executive chef of a very popular restaurant in north Atlanta.
In 2009, Richard left Atlanta to become one of the opening chefs of a large casino in the Midwest. This was a ground up project and boasted the largest gaming floor and dining facility of any casino in the state. With the casino a huge success, Richard was approached to help rebrand one of the largest hotels in the city as executive chef. Moving to Savannah, Richard worked for an independent restaurant before joining the Ruth's Chris team in 2016. During his time off, he enjoys traveling and cooking at home with his wife Lindsay and their two dogs.
Rita Strayer Johnson followed her passion for art and literature to Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where she double majored in Fine Arts and English Literature. She jokes that her years spent earning two liberal arts undergrad degrees translated to a master’s degree in bartending. She became a bartender at Ruth’s Chris in Savannah in 2009, where she found herself immersed for the first time in true hospitality, and found her true calling.
In the Spring of 2017, Rita switched gears to become Sales and Marketing Director at Ruth’s Chris. This was a natural transition for her, as it allows her to use her communication skills while practicing the art of customer service that she finds so satisfying.