Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fertel Generosity Abounds

Like Mr. Seymour D. Fair, I was struck by the announcement that the Fertel Foundation is giving $1.2 million to local schools hit by the manmade flooding after Katrina. The Times-Pic did a nice job covering the story, except for one thing: they mentioned Ruth's Chris Steak House a lot in the article, without making it clear that the current version of Ruth's Chris has nothing to do with generosity toward New Orleans. So I wrote this letter (it looks as though it might not run):


To the Editor:

Re: "Steakhouse founder's legacy pays off for schools,"
Metro, Feb. 4.

Thank you for documenting the ongoing generosity and community spirit of the Fertel family during these challenging times. The gift of $1.2 million from Randy Fertel and his fellow foundation board members is a wonderful display of faith in the future of our city.

I would add one crucial point to the otherwise excellent article. It is important to note that this generosity should be associated with the Fertel family only, and not with the current regime that operates Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Remember: when bodies were still floating in the streets of our city, the current chief executive of Ruth's Chris moved the business's headquarters to his home state of Florida, where the offices will stay and take advantage of tax incentives. He has also abandoned the flagship store on Broad.

We should always cherish the post-Betsy bravery and post-Katrina generosity of Mrs. Ruth Fertel and her son, Randy. We should never forget the timidity and avarice of the current gang running the chain that unfortunately still bears Mrs. Ruth's name.

Sincerely,
Mr. Clio

ADDENDUM: I nominate this for the Synthesis of Evil Hall of Fame.

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6 comments:

dillyberto said...

trying that ashley strategy, eh?

I looked on google, but the shameless corporate takes the first several entries.

Mr. Clio said...

Give it a few days to cook. If you type in "levees terrorists" at google, you now get Ashley as the first hit.

daneeta loretta said...

I saw it more as a love poem to the Ruth's Chris steaks that we all loved so much. I guess it's just as well that I don't eat meat anymore.

Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Hey Chris!

Thanks for stopping by, glad you found me! Hope things are going well at Loyola.

And, yes, let's all have a concurrent magisterium.

Peace,

Mark

Schroeder said...

Great letter -- I mean, it needs to be said, and you hit just the right tone.

ashley said...

"The Ashley strategy".

Honored, I am.

And Schroeder's right...you hit just the right tone. Schroeder would have gotten to angry, and I would have cussed too much.