Little Liberty Unlocks the Doors of Ruggles’s Former Rice Village Home

Little Liberty, 2365 Rice Blvd., Rice Village, Houston, 77005

A NOW OPEN sign is the newest addition to the metal-skinned Rice Village strip center at 2365 Rice Blvd., where Little Liberty’s neon blue label has been glowing atop a muted prison-stripe awning for several months. A reader notes that the banner takes the place of the NOW HIRING sign previously on display in the storefront, which held a branch of Ruggles Cafe & Bakery until its closure “for renovations” last March.


Little Liberty is the latest semi-spin-off of Liberty Kitchen, following the Heights location and Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette on San Felipe. The same group is behind Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, the BRC, and Petite Sweets — a bakery opened in 2011 in partnership with Ruggles’s Susan Molzan.

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  • We ate dinner here last night and it was delicious. More casual than the other LK concepts. Apparently they opened on Monday but they don’t have a liquor license yet. I suppose they’ll make a formal announcement about opening when they have their license.

  • We got snubbed waiting first in night for dinner – which is full service and not counter service. Supposedly the people who came in way after us (table of 4, 2 sets came in at different times) called in. Oh, but they don’t take reservations. Call in doesn’t take you to the first of the line – puts you IN line so when you arrive, you get seated sooner. Wrong in all ways. Shame on the host for not making the right decisions since tables opened up shortly. I couldn’t stay after being overlooked…. too many restaurants in the Village that have better customer service.