Months after its former owner was implicated in an illegal seafood operation, local restaurant chain Ruggles Green has rebranded itself as Bellagreen.
In April, Texas Parks & Wildlife alleged that former owner Bruce Molzan purchased and sold illegal finfish off-menu at Ruggles Green and his other restaurant, Ruggles Black. Molzan may have profited more than $400,000.
A two-year investigation revealed that the illegal network was in operation since at least 2013 and, according to game wardens, could be the largest of its kind in Texas history.
"One of the things we believe as a company is to always do the right thing, we look at some of the history and we want people to know we aren’t affiliated with that," Bellagreen CEO Jason Morgan told CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler. "We bought 100-percent of (Molzan's) interest out last October. Other than licensing the (Ruggles) name, he has no interest in what we are doing. Now, he will have no involvement."
The chain's five existing locations — River Oaks, The Woodlands, City Centre, Sugar Land, and the Heights — will be rebranded as Bellagreen by the end of the year. Menus, staff uniforms, and the website already have the new name.
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