Bruce Molzan

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    August 15, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Tiempo Cantina Opens Sixth Location

    In quick turn-around time, El Gallo Rojo, which opened just a few months ago downtown at 917 Franklin, has closed. But, a new restaurant is taking its place. Macondo Latin Bistro, previously located at 208 Travis, closed on Sunday, August 3, and revealed on Facebook that it will be reopening somewhe ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Corner Table Announces Ja'Nel Witt as New Executive Chef

    On the heels of chef/partner Bruce Molzan's "amicable" departure from Corner Table comes news that the restaurant has hired former Hell's Kitchen winner Ja'Nel Witt to take over as executive chef. According to a press release sent out Thursday morning, Witt joined Corner Table on Monday, June 16. ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Bruce Molzan Leaves Corner Table While Restaurant Faces Partial Closure

    CultureMap first reported Monday morning that controversial chef Bruce Molzan has left Corner Table, the restaurant he's helmed since it opened in December of 2012. We called Corner Table for comment and received pretty much the same recited statement as CultureMap: "Corner Table and chef Molzan h ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Good Deeds: Volunteer Time and Food

    Show you care this holiday season.

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    December 10, 2013

    Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff, and Rats

    As the year comes to a close, we're taking some time to look back fondly on some of our favorite memories from the past 12 months. There were wonderful meals, exciting openings and heartwarming stories from some of our best chefs. And then there were all the scandals, the shocking revelations, the ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2013

    Corner Table Restaurant Is the Place to Be in River Oaks

    Former Ruggles chef Bruce Molzan's Corner Table Restaurant is the latest River Oaks hot spot.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Bruce Molzan is Back with Corner Table: This Week's Cafe Review

    It was a sad day for many when the demolition machines hit Ruggles Grill on Westheimer this past October. The restaurant, a popular destination in the '80s and '90s, had been closed since February 2012, unable to recover after workers staged a walkout on the chef and owner, Bruce Molzan, alleging no ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

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    March 14, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It: 10 Paleo-Friendly Restaurant Menus in Houston

    It's reader request time around here, and this week's reader request was for a list of paleo-friendly restaurants around Houston. (See, you do love our lists. Yes you do.) Although I don't personally adhere to the paleo diet, many of my good friends do. Here's an explanation of the nutritional regi ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Dinner and a Show

    Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.

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    February 12, 2013

    Let Them Eat Cake: Chef Bruce Molzan Sends Out Pizza to Protesters

    A group of 25 protesters outside Bruce Molzan's new River Oaks restaurant were faced with an unusual concession this evening. Corner Table, where the beleaguered Molzan is now head chef, sent out two pizzas to the picket line, delivered by waiters in pressed white shirts and black aprons. The prote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide from MSG

    Robb Walsh: In case you missed the news when it was first announced back in early December, Robb Walsh will be taking up the food critic reins again at the upcoming Houstonia Magazine. Walsh has posted the full press release at his website along with a link to the magazine's website, which is still ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013

    Do the Curry Crawl

    The top 10 restaurants in Little India.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Fat Bao and Vietnamese Craft Beer

    A new year means plenty of new restaurant news, and we're glad to have it. Starting with the super-awesome-spectacular news that there's now a Vietnamese restaurant/craft beer bar in Webster. Yes, Webster. Nobi Public House (241 E. NASA Road 1) is a collaboration between brothers Charles and Andy Ng ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rest(aurants) In Peace: Notable Closings of 2012

    Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012 and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing. Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day

    Our guide to restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

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    October 30, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Sam Ray of Republic National

    Eating...Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating...Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    R.I.P: Ruggles Grill Demolished This Morning

    A bright yellow hydraulic excavator loomed over the Ruggles Grill this morning like the Grim Reaper, shortly before its jaws tore into the old restaurant and demolished it for good. The grill was opened in 1986 by Bruce Molzan and his then-wife, Susan, and for many Houstonians growing up in the '80s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Manly Cupcakes and Tiff's Treats

    This week finds two new bakeries coming to town, which couldn't be more different from one another, as well as two extremely interesting pieces of gossip from our ever-reliable sources. Ranch Bakery (5431 Barker Cypress, Suite 500), which describes itself as "Houston's first manly bakery," is havin ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

    It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Difference Between Ruggles and "Ruggles"

    That didn't last long...​As 2012 gets up and running, restaurants have hit the ground running. This week's round-up includes two expansions, a few openings and a couple of noteworthy closings. Expanding into downtown as promised, The Burger Guys finally announced its new location this week: K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    The Biggest Disappointments of 2011

    I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Trouble and Tacos

    Photo by Chuck Cook​Blind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles owner's current legal troubles may prevent that from coming to fruition. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Ruggles Waitstaff Stages Walk-Out, Alleging Non-Payment of Tips: UPDATE

    Photo by Ed T.Ruggles owner and chef Bruce Molzan lost 60 percent of his staff Saturday night.​Update: Bruce Molzan says that he has "three auditors" and a new manager going through files and payroll records as of today, admitting that Ruggles does owe the waitstaff back wages. "It's about $14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Ruggles Waitstaff Walks Out Over Allegedly Getting Stiffed on Tips

    Photo by Ed T.Ruggles owner and chef Bruce Molzan lost 60 percent of his staff Saturday night.​Saturday night at Ruggles was busy. There were nearly 200 customers packing the restaurant at Westheimer and Montrose, with a skeleton crew of only five waiters out of a normal ten-man crew. And at 7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Unpaid Tips and Wages in Restaurants: How Common Is It?

    Many waiters struggle to recover unpaid wages from current and previous employers.​This past Saturday night, the waitstaff and general manager at Ruggles walked out and shut down the restaurant, alleging non-payment of tips over more than a year's time. That came after news that Brasserie 19 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Comment of the Day: $1,000 Is a Lot of Money to a Lot of People

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Every Day We're Shuffling

    Photo by Ed T.What's happening with Ruggles Grill?​It's been a busy week to be in the restaurant business, especially if you're in Montrose. When Latina Cafe closed a few months ago, not many tears were shed over the loss of the little Cuban restaurant -- I liked it just fine, but it had gone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    First Look at Ruggles 11th Street Cafe

    ​Do you remember the old 11th Street Cafe? I do. My father and I tried to eat there a few times while he was still living in Norhill, just down the street. Every single visit was increasingly abysmal, to the point where I wondered just how long it would be until the old girl gave it up. I als ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    June 26, 2009

    Follow Friday for Houston Food Hounds

    Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Houston's Best Recipe for Success

    Chef Monica Pope at MacGregor Elementary School. Photos by Carlos Meltzer There's alot of talk these days about problems and solutions. The economy, the environment, healthcare, education. But as we all know there appears to be a lot more problems than there are solutions. And alot more talk than ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    May 16, 2002

    Moving On Up

    A new social club helps affluent young African-Americans to a rich piece of the nightlife pie

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Waving the White Tablecloth

    Cafe Perrier adopts America's casual attitude with its new brasserie concept

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Get In Line

    Bruce Molzan's Ruggles Cafe Bakery makes meals worth standing around for

  • Dining

    November 11, 1999

    Latin Con-Fusion

    Ruggles goes downtown and down south, but when will Bruce Molzan's new eatery get its menu down?

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    June 17, 1999
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    April 22, 1999
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    February 11, 1999
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    October 10, 1996
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    July 6, 1995

    Pasta Tense

    A tale of twin take-outs that were (almost) family

  • Dining

    February 9, 1995

    Stepson of Ruggles

    Auntie Pasto's has a bright new format, from a newly silent partner