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Apr 18, 2008 04:34 AM

Ruth's Chris- Princeton

Any truth to the rumor that a Ruth's Chris will be opening in Princeton ?

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  1. I read in NJ Mag the restaurant was planned for inside the once discount, now upscale Forrestal Village, Route 1.

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    1. re: HillJ

      Has Forrestal gone upscale again? Didn't it start out that way and then go discount? And won't that be two kinda high-end steakhouse chains in elbowing distance of each other?

      1. re: Heatherb

        I wouldn't consider salt creek a steak house at all. I think they have a steak on the menu but thats it.

        K.C. Prime is the closest if you consider that elbow distance, but I think it's far enough away....

        Forrestal is weird, as is market fare. Changes every couple of years....right now the shops are most empty.

        1. re: Heatherb

          When we held membership with McCarter Theatre, Forrestal Village was upscale and the surrounding Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center offered a superb Sunday brunch...but as stated elsewhere, those are just fond memories. When the outdoor mall was first launched all of us were excited. Up..down and all around since then. Ruth's Chris is a welcome announcement in my resto book.

      2. Yes, right outside the Forrestal Village area, just off Rt 1. Next to the Westin Hotel. The mailing address might be Princeton, the location is actually West Windsor.
        It is currently under construction.

        1. I was curious and contacted their home office back in February. They confirmed that they were opening a Princeton location and were scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2008 in the April to June timeframe. The person who contacted me said that she would get back to me with the opening date when they were further along with the construction. I’ll post the date when I get it. It should provide a little well deserved competition for KC Prime.

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          1. re: TomDel

            Does anyone know if this Ruth’s Chris has opened yet? I sent them another e-mail in June but didn’t get a response

            1. re: TomDel

              Not open yet but looks imminent. Drove by today, the building, landscaping & signage are complete. The parking lots were roped off but the rear parking lot was filled with cars (staff training?). Also delivery trucks for a water company and a restaurant supply company were at the back door. Signs were posted for hiring.

          2. yep, right by salt creek and tre pianni. (sp). Can't wait....while I'm usually against "chain" steakhouses, this will be a great almost walking distance lunch spot!

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            1. re: RPMcMurphy

              I htink Forrestal is in for some change. Salt Creek and Tre Pianni have definitely brought some new life to "the village." I think that's a beautiful thing. We ate at Tre Pianni for lunch a few weeks ago and it was fabulous! -mJ

              1. re: njfoodies

                I have a gift card for Ruth Chris that I have yet to use. Is the place kid-friendly? I have a 21 month old who is quite well behave for his age. Or is it to upscale to bring kids?

                1. re: yCf

                  In my opinion it is too upscale for kids but others may disagree.

                  1. re: yCf

                    One of their gimmicks is to heat their plates to several hundred dregrees so the steak sizzles when they serve it. Not the place I'd bring a 21 month old as they tend to want to touch what they're told not to.

                    1. re: yCf

                      Ruth Chris is far from a family restaurant. It's a special occasion kind of place and you risk upsetting quite a few people on special dates if your kids are not on their best behavior. Ruby Tuesday is not far.

                2. I called to try to make a reservation and I was told that they are opening on July 28.