Morton's The Steakhouse
"The Best Steak Anywhere!"
|Founded||1978 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Key people||Tilman J. Fertitta (President, CEO & Sole Owner)|
|Products||Steaks Seafood Wine|
Morton’s The Steakhouse is a collection of more than 70 steak restaurants with locations in the United States and in cities worldwide. Morton’s is a subsidiary, wholly owned by Landry’s, Inc. Founded in Chicago in 1978, Morton’s is regarded among the nation’s premier steakhouses, serving only USDA Prime-Aged Beef.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, formerly Morton’s of Chicago, was founded in 1978 by co-owners Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch. Before they became friends and restaurant entrepreneurs, Morton and Fritsch worked together at the Playboy Club in Montreal. While the club was in the process of changing its menu, Fritsch prepared a hamburger for Morton to sample. Morton said the burger was the best he’d ever tasted. Together, they opened Morton’s of Chicago on East Wacker Place in Downtown Chicago. The original location remains open.
Acquisition by Landry's, Inc.
In December 2011, Tilman Fertitta, President, CEO and Sole Owner of Landry’s, Inc., announced his company had acquired all shares of Morton’s stock, assuming complete ownership. In 2012, Landry’s completed the acquisition and moved company operations to its headquarters in Houston.
Many Morton’s locations play host to ESPN’s Lunch with a Legend series, where guests have the opportunity to dine and interact with current and former sports legends like Dwyane Wade, Bobby Hull, Derrick Rose, Dick Vermeil, Tony Stewart, Elgin Baylor and many others. Morton’s also hosts Celebrity Server events to raise funds for local foundations and charities. Local celebrities play the role of server at these special events, which have featured notable personalities, including Larry Fitzgerald, Jim Furyk, Jack Nicklaus and Jonathan Vilma.