Ruth's Chris Signs Franchise Agreement for Japan

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Nov 21,2005
Ruth's Chris Signs Franchise Agreement for Japan

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov 21, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUTH) today announced the signing of a new franchise agreement for Japan. The restaurants covered by the new agreement are planned for Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan. The fine-dining steakhouse leader recently signed a three-location agreement with William and Stanley Ko, who have been Ruth's Chris franchisees for over ten years. They currently own and operate three restaurants in Taiwan and two in Hong Kong.

"We are very pleased to be a part of Ruth's Chris and excited to be expanding the brand in Asia," said William Ko. His son, Stanley, added "We believe the people of Japan will enjoy the sizzling Ruth's Chris experience just as much as our guests and visitors in Taiwan and Hong Kong."

People in Japan will soon be able to enjoy the finest U.S. Prime steaks, New Orleans-inspired appetizers, and classic desserts, all complimented by an award-winning wine list. Ruth's Chris, founded in New Orleans 40 years ago, offers a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere in which to enjoy celebrations with family and friends or important meetings with colleagues or clients.

About Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. is one of the largest upscale steakhouse companies in the U.S. as measured by the total number of company-owned and franchise-owned restaurants, with 90 locations worldwide. Founded in New Orleans by Ruth Fertel in 1965, Ruth's Chris specializes in USDA Prime grade steaks served in Ruth's Chris signature fashion ... "sizzling."

To experience fine dining at its prime . . . just follow the sizzle to Ruth's Chris Steak House. For information and reservations, visit www.RuthsChris.com or call 1-800-544-0808.

SOURCE: Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc.

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