Rice Bakery Closes

Ex-hubby tweets news that popular Rice Village cafe bakery has abruptly closed

Ex-hubby tweets news that Rice Village bakery has abruptly closed

Ruggles Cafe Bakery Rice Village closed sign
Rice Village staple Ruggles Cafe Bakery has closed for renovations. Photo by Eric Sandler
Susan Molzan of Petite Sweets
Susan Molzan has operated Ruggles Cafe Bakery since her divorce from Bruce Molzan in 2005. Photo courtesy of Petite Sweets
Ruggles Cafe Bakery Rice Village closed sign
Susan Molzan of Petite Sweets

The news that Rice Village staple Ruggles Café Bakery had closed came from an unlikely source Friday night. Ruggles Black chef Bruce Molzan, who ceded control of the restaurant to his ex-wife Susan after their divorce in 2005, tweeted about the closure.

In addition to the sign in the cafe's window that alerts diners that it's "closed for renovations," both the cafe's website and Facebook page are offline. 

For more than 10 years,  Ruggles Café Bakery has served as a reliable source of the desserts that Susan Molzan made famous as the pastry chef at Ruggles Grill during its '80's heyday. Once the grill closed in 2012, the cafe became the only place in Houston to sample Molzan's peerless white chocolate bread pudding and other sweets. 

Molzan remains a partner in well-regarded Upper Kirby bakery Petite Sweets. Opened in 2011 in partnership with F.E.E.D. TX (Liberty Kitchen, BRC), Petite Sweets is known for its French macarons, cake balls and frozen custard. 

CultureMap has contact Molzan's representative for more information about the circumstances of the closure and what the future holds for the space. We will update this story when she replies.