Ruth's Chris Steak House Names William L. Hyde, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sep 19, 1997, 01:00 ET from Ruth's Chris Steak House

    METAIRIE, La., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruth's Chris Steak House, today
 announced the appointment of William L. Hyde, Jr., to the position of
 President and Chief Executive Officer of the 60 unit upscale restaurant group.
 Mr. Hyde will assume the position currently held by the company's Chairperson
 and Founder, Ruth Fertel.
     In making the announcement, Ms. Fertel stated, "Bill Hyde is a restaurant
 industry veteran who has proven himself to be a leader and motivator of
 people.  We are pleased that he has accepted this challenging position."  Ms.
 Fertel went on to state, "He is joining our team at a time when both domestic
 and international development is poised to accelerate.  We believe in Bill's
 ability to take us to this next level."
     Mr. Hyde comes to Ruth's Chris Steak House with more than 25 years of
 restaurant industry experience, most recently serving as President and Chief
 Operating Officer of Morton's Restaurant Group.
     In accepting the position Mr. Hyde stated, "I am excited by Ruth's Chris
 Steak House's unlimited potential and the opportunity to work along side Ruth
 Fertel.  Over the last thirty-two years, she has built a nationally recognized
 concept that is dedicated to quality in everything it does.  I truly admire
 commitment and perseverance."
     Established in 1965, Ruth's Chris Steak House is the largest, privately
 held, upscale steak house restaurant group in the world.  Featuring U.S. Prime
 beef, hand cut to order and served sizzling, Ruth's Chris has established a
 reputation for excellent food served in an inviting atmosphere.  The
 restaurant, which was recently named "The Best Restaurant in the United
 States," by the Robb Report magazine, currently operates 60 restaurants in the
 United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

SOURCE Ruth's Chris Steak House