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Lana Duke in San Antonio for 20th Anniversary Celebration


Mark Levine, Ruth’s Chris cooking staff member, dishes up the restaurant’s famous mashed potatoes at the Sunday event.

A festive crowd attended the 20th anniversary party for Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Concord Plaza Sunday.

Owner Lana Duke, who also owns the Ruth’s Chris near downtown on East Commerce Street, was in town for the event, accompanied by her son and restaurant co-owner, David Duke.  Customers, employees and friends of the restaurant dined on appetizers, sliced prime beef tenderloin and the restaurant’s famous creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, along with Stag’s Leap Chardonnay and Cabernet wines and more.

Lana Duke, owner of San Antonio’s two Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants, speaks at the Concord Plaza location’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Duke, speaking to the party-goers later in the evening, said that her employees here in San Antonio deserve most of the credit for the two restaurants’ success, four of whom had been with her all 20 years that the Concord Plaza location has been open.

These 20-year employees, among others honored at the event, were server Lydia Platt, broiler master Jessie “Chuey” Ramirez, server Gerry Villaneuva and Mary McNeel, assistant general manager.

The Ruths’ Chris on Commerce opened 12 years ago.

Duke became acquainted with the late Ruth Fertel, the founder of Ruths’ Chris, years ago. Duke’s advertising agency put the “sizzle” into the company’s advertising campaigns and Duke was a good friend as well as business consultant for Fertel for years.

When the time came for Duke to ask Fertel for her own restaurant, Fertel said, “If I gave you one where would you want it to be?” As Duke related the story, she said her answer was “I want to open one in San Antonio.”

“I was first in San Antonio in 1980 and just fell in love with it. I thought the River Walk was so beautiful, so romantic, and the people were amazing.” According to Duke, Fertel told her at the time  ‘You do your research and let me know the results.’  Her dream came true.  In addition to the two restaurants in San Antonio, Duke owns one in Toronto and one in Mississauga, Ontario. She lives in New Orleans.

Ruth’s Chris in San Antonio will continue celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout this year at both San Antonio locations. They will offer a $20 commemorative glass of Stag’s Leap Wine, as well as bottles and magnums of Stag’s Leap (paired with a limited edition of the Ruth’s Chris 20th anniversary medal). A portion of the proceeds will be presented to the Texas Cavaliers and Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives at the end of this year.  Ruth’s’ Chris has supported these two local organizations throughout the years.

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Ruth’s Chris’ 20th Anniversary Bash; Bin 555 Wine, Food and More

On January 20, 2013 Lana Duke, owner of the San Antonio locations of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, will host a 20th anniversary celebration at the Concord Plaza location to say thank you to San Antonio for enjoying her sizzling steaks over the past 20 years.

Duke, who was raised in the Canadian foster care system, will include some of San Antonio’s foster children in her celebration. Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Celebration will be $65 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Texas Cavaliers and Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives.

Ruth’s Chris has partnered with Glazer’s, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the state, and will be offering food stations and specialty drinks — along with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a live jazz band, and of course the famous New Orleans Second Line will happen as well. All guests will receive a limited edition 20th anniversary medal.

Specialty cocktails will include Patron Margaritas; Ultimate Vodka Classic Martini-Dirty 1888 with blue cheese olives and chilled vodka shots; Classic Manhattan with 20-year-old Tawny Port; Patron XO Café and Stag’s Leap Wine.  The restaurateur also will be making a donation to the Cavaliers & Roy Maas at the end of 2013 for Stag’s Leap sales ($1 for each glass; $2 for each bottle; $4 each magnum.

The celebration will be at the Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger;  4-7 p.m.  $65 per person. Contact Kathleen at 210-821-5051 or  email

Bin 555 hosts an Evening of Food, Wine and Conversation

An Evening of Food, Wine and Conversation with master sommelier Brian Cronin, featuring wines from Murphy-Goode, Arrowood, Hartford Court, Matanzas Creek and Atalon Vineyards.

The event will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2012. The reception is 6:30 p.m.; dinner  is at 7 p.m. Cost $55 per person plus tax and an 18-percent gratuity.

BIN 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar is at 555 Bitters Road. For reservations, call 210-496-0555.



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