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Ruffin Rodrigue began his journey with Ruffino’s in 1998 with an understanding that he wanted to create something special, not just another restaurant.

His goal was to develop a place where people could come to Celebrate Life, regardless of the occasion. This philosophy, or way of thinking, can be traced back to Ruffin’s childhood when he often worked with his father preparing graves at the cemetary – teaching him early on how important life is, and that each moment we have to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones is priceless.

As a football player at LSU Ruffin learned another valuable lesson that would provide the foundation of things to come – that hard work always pays off when you love what you do.

In the words of Ruffin himself, “Whether it’s the food we serve or the service we provide, our goal is to ensure a remarkable experience for our guests that will always be remembered.”