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Wiped off the map: Ruggles Grill demolished to make room for new rustic restaurant

Wiped off the map: Ruggles Grill demolished to make room for new rustic restaurant

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The end of Ruggles Grill: Final demolition of the Westheimer restaurant took place on Friday. Courtesy Photo

The bright yellow exterior of the original Ruggles Grill — a fixture on Westheimer since 1985 — is no more.

Ryan Hildebrand announced in April that he and his partners had purchased the site, with plans to open a "modern rustic" restaurant called Brande.

"Our original intent was to peel back the layers that had been added to the original over time, but — I'm trying to say this as nicely as I can — it's just not been maintained well. The structure is unsound and it's really unusable," Hildebrand told CultureMap at the time.

 "Our original intent was to peel back the layers that had been added to the original over time, but — I'm trying to say this as nicely as I can — it's just not been maintained well. 

The only part of the original building that will make its way to the new structure are the stained glass windows, which will be used to create a mural or perhaps to line the skylights in Brande.

Instead they donated the building to Habitat for Humanity, which salvaged anything that could be used or sold. Now that the demolition process is complete, Hildebrand says they are on schedule to begin construction at the beginning of 2013 and to open in August or September.

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