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A beloved Reno steakhouse is getting a famous makeover

Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse in the Silver Legacy, long known for its plush menu, décor and service, is going to become a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the upscale chain with more than 150 locations in the U.S. and abroad.

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Gene Carano, a senior vice president for regional operations with Eldorado Resorts Inc., the owner of the Silver Legacy, confirmed the new restaurant, adding that the timeline for renovations and re-opening is still being established. He said Ruth’s Chris could open sometime in the fall.

Ruth’s Chris takes its name from founder Ruth Fertel and from Chris Steakhouse, the original restaurant. Ruth’s Chris now is a publicly traded company with headquarters in Florida.

The steakhouse is known for its brawny USDA Prime Grade chops served on platters sizzling at 500 F.

Since fall 2016, as part of its ongoing $50 million re-investment in its three downtown Reno properties, Eldorado Resorts Inc. has opened several chain and independent restaurants, including, in the Silver Legacy, a piled-high branch of famed Canter’s Delicatessen from L.A.

Keeping the loo

For more than 20 years, Sterling’s has been the flagship dining room in the Silver Legacy, and for many of those years, until his retirement in 2016, the restaurant took its tone and approach from Philip DeManczuk, the nattily barbered and tailored director of Sterling’s.

But with DeManczuk’s retirement — and, in 2017, with Sterling’s ending its weekly Sunday brunch, considered by many to be the city’s most elegant — local culinary chatter arose about what might be in store for Sterling’s.

(Folks might also recall the chatter roughly a decade ago about Ruth’s Chris occupying part of the ground floor retail space in downtown Reno’s Montage condominium.)

As Ruth’s Chris prepares to replace Sterling’s, many observers of the local food scene say it’s is a logical choice to continue Sterling’s tradition of fine food and polished service.

Ruth’s Chris also is continuing Sterling’s tradition — unusual for a casino restaurant — of having its own loo.

“They were definite on that,” Carano said. “That was a requirement. The bathroom is staying.”


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Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink editor of RGJ Media. Join @RGJTaste on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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