The sign announcing that Ruggles Cafe & Bakery had closed for renovations is correct, but the renovations mentioned in a note on the door now appear to be part of a new concept coming to the space in Rice Village.
CultureMap has learned that The F.E.E.D. TX restaurant group has plans to open a scaled-down version of Liberty Kitchen in the space. The new concept will be dubbed "Little Liberty," according to a representative of the building's landlord. Work has already begun on the transformation with an eye towards opening in 60 days.
It is not yet clear whether Little Liberty represents an expansion of the partnership between Ruggles Cafe owner Susan Molzan and F.E.E.D TX or whether she has simply turned over the space to the group. Molzan and F.E.E.D. are already partners in the Upper Kirby dessert shop Petite Sweets.
The opening is part of an aggressive wave of expansion by F.E.E.D. TX. An Austin location of Liberty Kitchen is close to opening, and the group will also open a Memorial location in the MetroNational Treehouse building. Construction should begin soon on Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts on Heights Boulevard, because the Church's that will be its home has officially closed.
A representative for F.E.E.D. declined to comment. Look for details on the differences between regular Liberty and Little Liberty to emerge soon.