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Ruggles Green to Open in Early 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands is Getting Greener

Houston, TX – October 2014. Green Café Management and GJR Partners are pleased to announce plans to open the fifth Ruggles Green restaurant in January 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas at the Research Forest Lakeside development.  This Ruggles Green location is slated to be the first Certified Green Restaurant® in The Woodlands in 2015.

Ruggles Green will be located at 2501 Research Forest Drive.  Construction of this fifth Ruggles Green location began in July 2014 and will complete in December 2014. The focus is to create a unique identity in The Woodlands that is warm and inviting, and meets Ruggles Green standards for Green Certification. In addition, emphasis will be placed on delivering high quality local, organic, and gluten-free food as well as excellent service, which Ruggles Green customers have grown to expect.

Ruggles Green will be part of a 10 building, 77-acre campus on the west side of Lake Woodlands, between Lake Woodlands Drive and Research Forest Drive. Research Forest Lakeside development has been in development since March 2010.  This is the first mixed-use development on Lake Woodlands, located at the upper east end of the lake.  JD Warmack Woodlands LP is the developer of this project.  “We are currently working on our retail phase and are excited to have Ruggles Green as one of our restaurant partners,” said James Warmack, President and CEO of Warmack Investments.  “We are pursuing LEED certification on all of our office buildings and look forward to working with Ruggles Green as they pursue their Certified Green Restaurant® status as well.”

“We are extremely pleased by the progress we have made since opening our first location in River Oaks”, said Federico Marques, VP/Marketing and Co-Founder.  “Our CityCentre location is the only 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant® in Texas and one of the greenest restaurants in the world. Our goal is to expand our children’s healthy, organic, and gluten-free menu options and to continuously improve our sustainability model.  It is very gratifying to see the positive response to our Ruggles Green vision, which has allowed us to push forward with our fifth location.  We look forward to making The Woodlands even greener than it already is.”

Robert Guillerman, VP/Operations and co-founder, states, “Our customers have expectations of high quality food, at an affordable price, with excellent service”.  Our confidence lies in our employees and in the experience we have gained over the last five years.  We look forward to servicing more neighborhoods in the Greater Houston area and also in becoming a valued part of those communities.  We realize that every customer has unique needs and we will work hard to exceed their expectations”.

Bob Peebler, President GJR Partnership, commented, “Our affiliation with Green Café Management was formed to provide the financial support they needed to expand the Ruggles Green franchise.  We are pleased to be associated with our Ruggles Green partners and to support their vision and leadership in the Green Restaurant® movement. Moreover, we look forward to providing the capital and support for the new Woodlands location.”

Three of Ruggles Green’s locationsare  Certified Green Restaurants® and conform to environmental standards set by the Green Restaurant Association. “Ruggles Green has completed an incredible amount of steps towards becoming more environmentally sustainable”, says Michael Oshman, CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. “Ruggles Green is not only the greenest restaurant in Texas, but one of the greenest in the world. They set a wonderful example for the industry, and we look forward to going even further with them in the future.”

About Ruggles Green

Formed in 2008, Ruggles Green is Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant®. In 2011, Ruggles Green at CityCentre also became the first 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant in Texas, the Green Restaurant Association’s highest level of certification. Ruggles Green was launched with the goal of providing local, organic, and gluten free options to customers via a premium fast casual restaurant.  The vision of the founders was to lead the industry in sustainability while still offering healthy and great tasting food.

Ruggles Green stores conform to guidelines set by the Green Restaurant Association.  Guidelines include energy conservation, water conservation, extensive recycling, composting, use of sustainable materials, public education and outreach, and use of local, organic, and vegetarian menu items.  Green Café Management owns Ruggles Green.  For more information, visit

About GJR Partnership

The GJR partnership was formed by a group of Houston and Calgary-based investors to provide the financial and general support for the Ruggles Green expansion in Houston.  The partnership has a management and license agreement with Green Café Management for the rights to own several Ruggles Green Restaurants and for Green Café Management to provide the in-store operations. Bob Peebler is the Managing Partner of GJR Partnership.

About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. For 24 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association, and America Public Garden Association. The Green Restaurant Association is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, CitySearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit

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