Originally Posted by rdawson808
I thought I would add this to the discussion purely as an example. We all know that different places have different customs and that while doing X might be considered gauche in one city it isn't in another. Here in Annapolis, Maryland, apparently things are pretty laid back. We apparently have the only Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to *not* require men to wear a jacket. I've never been, but my gf's father says so.
I go back a long way with Ruth's Chris. I ate my first meal at Chris' Steak House in New Orleans in 1959, while in college at Tulane. I remember that my then girlfriend's father's poker club ate there once a month. They were slobs (think Oscar Madison) and certainly did not dress up for dinner. The day after I graduated Tulane Law School in 1965, Ruth Fertell bought the place. She had worked in administation at Tulane, I think as a secretary, and her timing was to buy it right after the school year ended.
A few years later, on a visit back to New Orleans, I ate there with my wife and my sister. Ruth had changed the name by then. She did not want to do entirely away with the old name (as lots of locals still call it Chris') but got tired of newcomers asking if she was Chris. She began franchising in the 1970s.
She died a few years ago. Before her death, she sold out to a group of investors. Her $400,000 marble tomb is located right next to one built by the founder of Popeye's and Copeland's. When the tomb was first built, [the dying] Ruth had a big party at the site, with a marching funeral band. Instead of sprinkling holy water on the tomb, the priest subtituted beer.
The original Chris' location, on Broad Street, on the way back to town from the racetrack, was destroyed by Katrina and will not be re-built. The head office has moved to Tampa.