River Oaks shakeup

A vintage wine lounge, a new nightclub and the infamous Bruce Molzan take over Brownstone

A vintage wine lounge, a new nightclub and the infamous Bruce Molzan take over Brownstone

The Brownstone Cafe, November 2012
The Brownstone has a trio of new concepts open after Thanksgiving. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Bruce Molzan is introducing a paleo diet-friendly menu at Corner Table. Photo by Michelle Watson/LastNightPics.com
The Brownstone Cafe, November 2012
News_Taste of Texans_Bruce Molzan

If seems like the stately building on Virginia has held a dozen concepts, from nightclubs to retail, since longtime River Oaks fave The Brownstone closed in 2008. Now the dining and nightlife complex is once again getting an update, with three new concepts scheduled to open after Thanksgiving.

1919 Wine & Mixology is taking over the downstairs space where piano bar 88 Keys was previously located. As the name implies, 1919 has retro vibes, with stunning chandeliers and soft blue walls. The former Red Room is getting a new stage for live entertainment that will differentiate the new Oak Bar & Nightclub.

 Most controversial is sure to be the return of Bruce Molzan, whose tenure at Ruggles Grill ended with a staff walk-out alleging unpaid tips. 

Most controversial is sure to be the return of Bruce Molzan, whose tenure at Ruggles Grill ended with a staff walk-out alleging unpaid tips. Molzan is opening Corner Table in the restaurant space that was most recently home to Olivier Ciesielski's Brownstone Cafe flop.

Based on pictures posted to Facebook, Molzan will feature (at least in part) a Paleo menu that includes dishes like turkey spaghetti with zucchini basil noodles, buffalo chili and gluten-free chipotle pasta with sea bass.