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Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. donates Broad Street building to Tulane
Date:7/10/2009

In honor of founder Ruth Fertel, Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc., the parent company of Ruth's Chris Steak House, announced today that it has donated the site of the Broad Street Ruth's Chris Steak House to Tulane University for the creation of the Ruth U. Fertel /Tulane Community Health Center, a neighborhood-based medical home that will provide care to patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

The building will honor the restaurant company's founder, Ruth Fertel, who transformed the Broad Street restaurant into a New Orleans dining institution that would grow to become one of the world's largest upscale steakhouse companies.

Fertel worked as a lab technician with Tulane University School of Medicine before leveraging all her savings to open a steak restaurant in Mid City. Her residence was next to the restaurant and Fertel was revered as a passionate and generous neighborhood advocate and patron.

"There couldn't be a more fitting tribute to Ruth," said Ruth's Hospitality Group's President and CEO Michael O'Donnell. "Her entrepreneurial spirit built this international company with a single-minded focus on quality. As we begin the 45th year of Ruth's Chris Steak House, her pioneering spirit is assisting the neighborhood where she lived and worked. It is an honor to partner with Tulane to improve and expand health care for her communityone that did so much for her and our brand. Ruth was a living legend, whose legacy will continue to serve the city and people she loved so much."

Recognized as a leader in community philanthropy, this gift to create the Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center represents the largest single charitable gift in Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.'s history.

"We are grateful to Ruth's Hospitality Group for generously donating an important New Orleans landmark. Ruth Fertel was a true trailblazer in the hospitality industry and this gift will help us carry on that innovativ
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Contact: Keith Brannon
kbrannon@tulane.edu
504-862-8789
Tulane University
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