Restaurant Buzz

Houston Dining News for June

Laurann Claridge
June 01, 2013

Restaurateur Tony Vallone is reviving his steakhouse concept Vallone’s, but this time the famous man behind Tony’s is taking a more behind-the-scenes role as an investor. Two young protégés from his flagship Tony’s restaurant and the more casual Ciao Bello, partners Scott Sulma and chef Grant Gordon, will oversee the technique-driven steakhouse in Memorial on Gessner, just next door to the Westin Hotel. Architect Shafik Rifaat, who customarily works on the designing the company’s concepts, will again reprise the eatery with help from interior designers Lucinda Loya and Roberto Cervantes. Look for the lunch and dinner spot to debut in October … The historic Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston has unveiled its new spiffed-up lobby, bar and restaurant, all care of Lori Mitchell, hotel owner George Mitchell’s designing granddaughter who re-conceptualized the trio of spaces. Check out the expanded Galvez Bar & Grill with a bar space double its former capacity (on two levels, no less), booths, seats and a community table with live music on the weekends and regional Texas fare served at lunch and dinner. Meanwhile, their 1876 Bar, another island relic once housed in the Tremont Houston and the Old Galveston Club that is known affectionately as Galveston’s last speakeasy, has made the Galvez its home since the early 1990s. All these renovations coincide with the hotel’s guest-room revamps, which were completed in 2011 to celebrate the landmark’s 100th anniversary … Kudos to Houston caterer Elizabeth Stone, founder of The Stone Kitchen, who recently published a lavish entertaining cookbook titled An Invitation to Entertain (Bright Sky Press, $34.95). For more than two decades, Stone has wined and dined many of us, and here she shows readers how to pull off afternoon tea at home, create a farm family dinner and gather everyone for every major food-centered holiday with aplomb. Find it at … Craving fried chicken? This month and next, Damian’s Cucina Italiana ushers in Fried Chicken Fridays at lunch ($16) to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Roll in for comfort fare that includes this family recipe, meatballs and green beans … Triniti, the restaurant recently nominated for a James Beard Award for its interiors, hosts a summer guest chef series, with local visiting chefs taking the helm to prepare an eight-course dinner. Details at … Finally, even as the fresh grill and wine bar Seasons 52 opens on Westheimer near Mid Lane, word is they’ll be opening their City Centre locale this fall. Watch for more details in our July issue.