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Few restaurants in Houston have been as talked-about over the decades as Tony’s, a fine-dining institution that’s now located in Greenway Plaza. A deep-dive into archival Houston Chronicle and Houston Post stories reveals the many tales and quirks of the city’s most lauded restaurant.
Owner Tony Vallone opened his namesake joint in 1965 on Sage Road, serving mostly Italian and French cuisine. The restaurant relocated a few times, including once due to the Galleria expansion, when Vallone had to move the original location, which is now part of the shopping complex’s parking lot—very Houston.