Morton’s SteakHouse was founded by two friends and co-workers Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch. Fritsch made a hamburger for Morton, who said it was the best burger ever. The pair decided to leave their jobs at the Playboy Club in Montreal and opened their own restaurant, originally named Morton’s of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois, in 1978.
Today, Morton’s SteakHouse is a subsidiary of Landry’s, Inc. The company has 70 locations, including the original location at the Newbury Plaza in Chicago, in several states, as well as a few international locations. Morton’s is well known as an upscale steak restaurant that offers private rooms and banquet dining.
The company often hosts ESPN’s Lunch with a Legend series, using various locations. When Landry’s acquired Morton’s SteakHouse in 2012, company headquarters were moved to Houston, Texas.