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Two Chain Steakhouses Open New Boston-Area Locations Today

Ruth’s Chris and Davio’s further saturate an already very saturated market

A thick filet of steak sits on a white plate, cut open to reveal a pink center
A filet at Ruth’s Chris
Ruth’s Chris/Official Site

No one:

Literally no one:

Steakhouse chains: Let’s open as many of these babies in and around Boston as space will permit.

Despite Boston’s ample selection of existing chain steakhouses, two steakhouse chains each open a new location in or near Boston today, November 25. Ruth’s Chris will open for dinner at Assembly Row in Somerville (375 Revolution Dr.) — its third Boston-area location — while Davio’s will open for dinner on Fan Pier in Boston’s Seaport District (50 Liberty Dr.).

Ruth’s Chris opens just in time for Assembly Row’s holiday shopping rush. Shoppers craving a steak — but not craving a steak accompanied by a blooming onion — can snack on a $126 tomahawk ribeye after spending big bucks on a toy their child will hate or break three weeks later.

Unlike the Ruth’s Chris locations in downtown Boston and Waltham, Ruth’s Chris at Assembly Row will only be open for dinner service (5 to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday).

The space is massive — the main dining room can accompany 100 diners, while the bar has space for 79. Its two private dining rooms have space for 32 and 30 guests and can be connected to make room for 62.

Speaking of massive: The new Davio’s space boasts a 17,000-square-foot floor plan. The Boston-based chain — which now has 11 locations, five of which are outside of Massachusetts — further saturates what is an already oversaturated chain steakhouse market in the Seaport. Right around the corner, a one-minute walk away, Mastro’s Ocean Club gives seafood top billing but still essentially functions as a steakhouse. Similarly, Ocean Prime is just five minutes away. And then there’s Del Frisco’s and Morton’s, not to mention a forthcoming Eddie Merlot’s, and Smith & Wollensky’s and the Palm locations not too far away.

The extravagant new restaurant — which bought its liquor license from the historic, now-closed Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain — sits just below a number of even more extravagant apartments, some of which go for as much as $11 million.

The space features 300 seats and four private dining spaces on the second floor. The restaurant, which bills itself as Northern Italian, also serves raw bar items and other seafood options.

Stately Steakhouse Chain Is Expanding to Somerville’s Assembly Row [EBOS]
Davio’s Steakhouse Chain Is Opening a Gigantic Seaport District Location [EBOS]
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Opens in Waltham Later This Month [EBOS]
Boston Is Getting Yet Another Steakhouse Chain [EBOS]
A Jamaica Plain Bar Open for Over a Century Is Closing Soon [EBOS]