Tonight I went to the "soft opening" of Ruggles in Austin. (Actually, the restaurant is located in West Lake Hills.) I met one of the owners last night, and he invited me to the opening. A "soft opening" precedes the public opening and is by invitation only.
Ruggles has three locations in Houston. I went to the first location about fifteen years ago and thought the food and atmosphere were great.
Tonight's experience was about the same. The food and service were great. I just wish the restaurant were located downtown.
The public opening of Ruggles is taking place Monday.