Is Ruggles Grill on the move? Westheimer institution's building for sale
Ruggles Grill has been a staple of lower Westheimer for almost 40 years, but it looks like the Houston restaurant might be moving on.
But chef/owner Bruce Molzan assures CultureMap that it's the space, not Ruggles, that is potentially for sale, and that regardless of whether a deal is made Ruggles will live on.
"I get jealous when I see chefs with a brand new store and a brand new kitchen," Molzan says. "The kitchen here is almost 40 years old." He references Tony's, Café Annie and Masraff's, which changed locations over the years to positive results.
Molzan says he has received offers but only plans to sell if the price is right. "We'll see what happens, in this recession market," he says. The three lots on the land are substantial, totaling 27,000 square feet.
And with buzzed-over Uchi moving in across the street, Molzan says he is considering staying put and redeveloping the property. His plans include expanding the Green Bar, expanding the kitchen, putting a patio where there is currently a driveway and opening a gourmet burger place and sports bar in the adjacent property.
Most of all Molzan stresses that though Lower Westheimer might not be the same without Ruggles, Ruggles will still be the same no matter where it ends up.