Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff and Rats

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Some crazy things went down in 2013...which do you think was the craziest?
As the year comes to a close, we're taking some time to look back fondly on some of our favorite memories from the past 12 months. There were wonderful meals, exciting openings and heartwarming stories from some of our best chefs.

And then there were all the scandals, the shocking revelations, the feet in mouths. Without these folks keeping things interesting, 2013 would have been all about good food and good fun. And who wants that, really? We're a culture that savors schadenfreude, wrong though it may be.

So here, to sate your appetite for awkwardness, a list of 2013's best culinary scandals in Houston, in chronological order. Sit back, relax and revel in other people's pickles.

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In this blurry photo, you can see two waiters bring pizza to the protesters.
February 12, 2013
Let Them Eat Cake: Chef Bruce Molzan Sends Out Pizza to Protesters

Oh, Bruce. You give us such fodder for articles like these. Back in February, Molzan seemingly tried to help a situation, but ultimately made it worse when he had waiters for Corner Table bring two pizzas outside to former waitstaff of another of Molzan's businesses who were protesting because they said he owed them back wages. The chants quickly changed from various expressions of outrage to "No food; pay me!" A representative for Corner Table said simply, "We sent out pizzas. We don't want to be ugly. There's no need to be ugly."

Location Info

Corner Table

2736 Virginia St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maggie Rita's Mexican Grill

600 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Fisheria

4705 Inker St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Napoli Italian Pasta & Gourmet Pizza By Papa Zack

5551 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Texas Taco Co.

4609 Garth Road, Baytown, TX

Category: Restaurant

Torchy's Tacos

2411 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pass

807 Taft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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I have eaten at Napoli for years and never been offered Zack's sausage.  Hrumph!


The Molzan protesters weren't from Corner Table. They were formerly employees at Ruggles before it closed.



True, the Corner Table employees have yet to experience an ordeal from the Bruce Almighty, beyond the everyday gropes probably

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@BP88 Thanks, I'll revise.

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