Chef Randy Rucker announced today that Bramble, his inventive Tanglewood restaurant, has closed effective immediately. The long awaited solo project from Rucker opened last July, and the restaurant quickly found its way onto our Best New Restaurants list later that year, sitting at No. 2 behind Helen Greek Food & Wine.
Both restaurants—each from talented visionaries who'd spent considerable time and effort bringing their out-of-the-box ideas to fruition—gave Houston's newest crop of eateries a distinct edge, offering creative dishes rooted in Texan ingredients. At Bramble, Rucker ricocheted between pickled Gulf fish and peach cobbler in a teacup, pushing boundaries while still offering honest comfort food like sweet tea-brined roast chicken. After a series of stalled ventures, ranging from laidback manor downtown to Bootsie's in Tomball, it seemed that Bramble meant Rucker had found a permanent home in the leafy streets off San Felipe.
In a press release, Rucker wrote:
As the summer days get longer & kids return to school we whole heartedly thank the community for your generous support & enthusiasm towards Restaurant Bramble. With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you Restaurant Bramble will close to the public as of July 29, 2016.
The past year has been stressful on small businesses; Taking into account being an election year & the downfall in our economy. This decision comes after much discussion involving our infrastructure & concept. We have chosen to take a step back to reevaluate. Bramble will remain available for special functions & private events through the upcoming months (detailed information on that soon).
We are extremely thankful & want to thank all our staff members, Houstonians & neighborhood for supporting us in our effort to bring our style of food & culture to the area.
Needless to say, this sad news also means remembering to remove Bramble from your list of Houston Restaurant Weeks dining destinations—another shame, considering how terrific their HRW menu looked.