Ruth’s Chris Steak House to renovate its Southbank Jacksonville restaurant

The city of Jacksonville issued a permit for an almost $663,000 remodeling of the bar, lobby and dining areas.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be remodeling its Downtown Southbank restaurant in the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront now that the city issued a building permit.

The city issued a permit Wednesday for CBH General Contracting LLC to remodel the restaurant at a cost of $662,700.

Ruth’s Chris plans to renovate the bar, lobby and dining areas. The work includes new floor finishes; wall covering and finishes; paint; curtains; lighting fixtures; tables, chairs and stools in selected areas; and minor millwork and floor tile revisions.

No kitchen or exterior work is included.

Of the 8,614-square-foot restaurant, 5,698 square feet will be altered, according to the permit.

The hotel is at 1201 Riverplace Blvd.

The restaurant is owned by Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc. of Winter Park. HMD Group Architects of Doral is the architect. The property is owned by MHI Jacksonville LLC in care of Sotherly Hotels LP of Williamsburg, Virginia.

Plans show 263 seats, comprising 172 in the main dining room, 34 in the lounge, nine at the bar, and 24 each in two private dining rooms.

The restaurant opened there in the fall of 1997 when the property was the Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront. The hotel also operated as Crowne Plaza before becoming the DoubleTree.

Ruth’s Chris also renovated its Ponte Vedra Beach restaurant at 814 A1A N., No. 103. St. Johns County issued a building permit Aug. 10 for an interior remodel at a job cost of $800,000.

Restaurant General Manager Christine Griggs previously estimated that renovations of the 270-seat Ponte Vedra Beach restaurant would cost about $1 million “to enhance the guest experience.”