John W. Bell III, a partner in the new venture, said an 8,700-square-feet Ruth’s Chris Steak House should open this fall at 26 All Souls Crescent, the extension of McDowell Street that intersects Hendersonville Road.
The building will be constructed on a vacant lot that was once the site of a motel. The motel was torn down several years back to make room for a new hotel, but that project was never built.
The restaurant will have seating for more than 200 and employ about 70 people. Work on the site could start as early as next week, Bell said.
The restaurant will be owned by Asheville Prime LLC, which consists of local developer and entrepreneur John Bell and existing franchisee Paula Conway.