Ruth’s Chris Steak House Opening in Biltmore Village

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Carolina EpicureanRuth’s Chris Steak House has announced plans for an Asheville location, opening Fall 2011 in Biltmore Village. The official groundbreaking will take place on February 3rd, marking a two-year effort to bring the internationally renowned brand to the Western North Carolina market.

Asheville Prime LLC, the ownership group, consists of local developer and entrepreneur John Bell, CEO of The Columbus Group, Inc., and Ruth’s Chris franchisee Paula Conway. Paula and her husband Jeff, former CFO of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc., formed Charlotte Prime LLC in 2005 when offered the rare opportunity to become franchise owners. Since then, they have opened three restaurants, two in Charlotte, NC and one in historic Savannah, GA.

The restaurant, which will be located at 26 All Souls Crescent, has building plans that are harmonious with the architecture to the surrounding Biltmore Village area. Bell’s father, Bill Bell, is known as a pioneer in the revitalization of Biltmore Village, and Bell recognizes this importance. “Biltmore Village is a special place, one where we plan to keep the integrity of the historical architectural surroundings very much alive and intact,” says Bell.

The Columbus Group’s subsidiary, Biltmore Property Group, LLC, is managing the development of the restaurant and local company, Beverly- Grant Inc., will be the contractor. Building plans designed by CJMW Architecture of Asheville.

With seating for over 200, there are plans to employ approximately 70 people as well as philanthropically give back to the Asheville community. “Jeff and I are committed to Asheville and have plans to be actively involved.”, says franchisee Paula Conway. “We strongly recognize the importance of local partnerships. That’s why we are excited to have The Columbus Group as our developer and partner. We have entered into a long-term, 30-year lease arrangement, one that we are eager to get underway.”

3 Responses to Ruth’s Chris Steak House Opening in Biltmore Village

  1. Don’t know if the area needs an upscale steak house but rest assured the pricing is decidedly “upscale”. May do ok in Biltmore Village. I have eaten at one here in Tampa and was not particularly impressed. Seems more like an expense account/ I want my money’s worth in quantity/businessman type restaurant. But big steaks and massive-sized ala carte side dishes don’t really ring my bell anymore. I much prefer well-crafted tapas or smaller plates. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

    • Completely agree with John. The steaks are good, but the sides are so-so, some better than others. VERY expensive. Service is usually excellent. It definitely seems like a business dinner type of place. I ate at one in DC two separate times – once for a business dinner and once for personal dinner. Had a business dinner feel to it.

      I just don’t see the Asheville area being able to support a high end/a la carte type of restaurant. Many of Asheville’s latest casualties have been the high end restaurants.

    • Ruth’s Chris is a wonderful company. Yes, the prices are a little high, but it’s because they use the absolute best ingredients. I think it will do wonderfully in asheville. Great choice!

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