Ritz Prime Seafood Returns With Reenergized Look

March 16, 2016

When Rick McCormack stepped into the space that was once Chart House restaurant, he scanned over a completely gutted interior stripped to the studs and beams.

“That’s a great thing,” he says. This renovation, if nothing else, was a reboot built on a foundation of fresh beginnings. The plan was for Ritz Prime Seafood to resuscitate The Ritz, a Newport Beach, California, icon that opened in 1977 and operated until it flamed out in 2014. Late chef Han Prager, who died in 2004 and was revered for his work at the reliable venue, started the concept. When Los Angeles-based group…