BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge restaurateur and philanthropist TJ Moran died Sunday night, according to a longtime family friend.
Moran was 84 years old.
He owned TJ Ribs, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Ninfa's and Ruffino's. In the late 1970s, he opened his first Ruth's Chris in Prairieville, and a decade later he founded TJ Ribs.
"TJ Moran was a local guy. He was a local guy who went from nothing to become one of the most prosperous, well-known, honored restaurateurs in the United States, and I have him in our Hall of Fame," said Chef John Folse, longtime friend of Moran. "The students of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will always be honored by having him in it."
Two months ago, Moran was inducted into Folse's Lafcadio Hearn Hall of Fame at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.
"I remember he told me one day when I was worried about how to make money he said, 'You know John if you take care of the green beans, the steaks are going to take care of themselves," said Folse. "In other words, look at what are the small things, they are what really matter and let me tell you what, now as I walk through my years of successful restaurateuring, I look out for the green beans every day."
He was also a longtime supporter of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.