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Updated: Two Steakhouse Chains Eye Downtown

The Buffalo News confirmed what has been rumored for a couple of months in downtown circles and pointed out in comments in this post, Morton’s Steakhouse is replacing E.B. Green’s Steakhouse in the Hyatt.

Morton’s Steakhouse, a Texas-based chain, would be located in the same corner of the Hyatt hotel but would take up additional space with more employees, according to several sources.

Local real estate brokers and developers, as well as E.B. Green’s and Hyatt employees, confirmed the changes. Representatives from hotel owner Snyder Corp. did not comment.

Morton’s has been researching the Buffalo market for over a year looking for a place to locate.

Original Post from February 2:

Buffalo Business First is reporting that Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is in discussions with Benderson Development and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation about opening a restaurant in a long-planned building at Main and Scott streets. The structure at the south end of the Donovan Block had been eyed by Hofbrauhaus and has been delayed due to infrastructure constraints.

Business First has the details:

Sources said the Winter Park, Fla.-based chain is considering the proposed multi-story building eyed for a vacant Scott Street parcel between HarborCenter’s 716 Sports Bar and Benderson Development Co.’s One Canalside Building. The parcel is owned by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., which has been negotiating with Benderson about a development on the site.

The location doesn’t appear to fit the demographics Ruth’s typically looks for but Canalside, sports venues, the casino, and other attractions may be enough of a draw for Ruth’s to take advantage of.

200,000 within 5 miles
Median Household Income
$100,000 or better within 5 miles
Trade Area
Concentration of upper-end expense account hotels, upscale retail, office, and wealthy residential base
Traffic Count
Minimum of 30,000 cars per day
9,000 – 10,000 sq. ft. / one-story building or footprint
130-140 exclusive parking spaces
With convenient access

Ruth’s Chris was started in New Orleans in 1965. Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. is the largest fine dining steakhouse company in the U.S. as measured by the total number of Company-owned and franchisee-owned restaurants. Today, there are more than 150 Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses, including 20 international franchisee-owned restaurants in Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo, Aruba, Canada and Dubai.  The closest restaurant is in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

No word on the status of Hofbrauhaus but it would make a good anchor tenant for Seneca One Plaza.

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