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Ruggles Green Insists Its Restaurants Do Not Serve Illegally Caught Fish

The mini-chain’s new owners are distancing themselves from former chef Bruce Molzan

This fish is 100% legit, according to Ruggles Green
Ruggles Green/Facebook

Yesterday, news that former Ruggles Green chef Bruce Molzan was allegedly involved in buying and selling more than 28,000 pounds of illegally caught fish rocked Houston’s restaurant scene. Now, one of the restaurants involved is attempting to clear the air.

In a Facebook post, Ruggles Green’s current owners insist that the restaurant hasn’t served any of the fish that Molzan funneled into Houston since taking over the popular paleo-friendly spot last year. According to KPRC Houston, Molzan has not been affiliated with Ruggles Green since October 2016.

Scope out the restaurant’s full statement below:

Hi all, we are disheartened by the alleged actions of previous ownership. We can assure you that under current...

Posted by Ruggles Green on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The owners do not, however, dispute that Molzan may have served some of the illegally caught snapper or tuna while the restaurant was in his hands. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Molzan also allegedly obtained illegally purchased shrimp from an unnamed restaurant, which means that the scheme could impact eateries beyond Ruggles Green and Ruggles Black.

In response to the allegations, Molzan’s attorney said that the chef plans to contest the 200+ Class C misdemeanor citations issued by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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