“..As patrons young and old toast the reopening of the Russian Lady, it will interest them to know how the Hartford landmark bar got its name..”
Although generally believed by many that the moniker was in effect a nod to the famous “Mother Russia” sculpture of “Catherine the Great” that adorned its entrance, such was not the seminal reason for the unique appellation.
The Russian lady for whom the establishment was dubbed was in fact the mother of John Rimscha, one of the original owners. Although Mrs. Rimscha was of Lithuanian lineage, she was born in Russia and was looked upon by her husband and five sons as their own personal Russian Lady. The serendipitous purchase of the sculpture by John during the demolition of the Rossia (Russia) Life Insurance Company only served to add relevance to the name.