Sunday evening posts on Facebook within the Houston restaurant community expressed sadness and shock over the unexpected loss of Cullen's Upscale American Grille's general manager Ryan Roberts. This morning Cullen's owners Sandra and Kevin Munz provided the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that we share the news of the unexpected passing of our beloved friend and colleague Ryan Roberts.
He was discovered in his home on Sunday and appears to have passed away in his sleep.
As additional details regarding his final arrangements become available, we will ask your support in communicating that information to friends and professional associates.
On behalf of Ryan's family, we thank those who have reached out with their condolences and offers of support, but ask you to respect their privacy as they deal with this tragedy.
We cannot find words to properly express our grief over the loss of our friend who, in addition to his warmth and spirit, was a driving force in our shared vision for excellence.
We offer our prayers for his family."
Kevin and Sandra Munz
According to CultureMap Houston, Robert's cause of death is presently being investigated by the Harris County Medical Examiner.