Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Morton's of Chicago, a high-end steakhouse restaurant chain aimed at a business clientele, and Bertolini's Authentic Trattorias, a smaller chain offering Italian specialties in a casual dining atmosphere. At the end of 1998 Morton's Restaurant Group owned and operated 43 Morton's of Chicago and 12 Bertolini's units. All Morton's of Chicago restaurants were similar in style, concept, and decor, and were located in retail, hotel, commercial, and office building complexes in major metropolitan areas and urban centers. Catering primarily to business-oriented clients, Morton's of Chicago had an average per person check of about $65 in 1998. The Bertolini's restaurants offered white tablecloth service, with an average per person check of about $20. Morton's Restaurant Group also held a minority of stock in two other restaurant chains, Mick's and Peasant.
Morton's Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
6 anchovy fillets, minced
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 large Romaine lettuce head torn into bite size pieces
Blend the first 7 ingredients in a processor or blender. Add Parmesan cheese and blend just until combined. Season to taste with salt. Can be prepared 2 days ahead; bring to room temperature and whisk. Add croutons to the lettuce just before serving.