In restaurant life, 10 years is a long time in terms of wear and tear, particularly when the eatery is as popular as Tony Vallone's namesake fine dining establishment. So during a brief Fourth of July break, Vallone orchestrated what he calls "a nip and tuck" to freshen up.
Houston artist John Palmer has painted a vast wall of pastel-hued bamboo that anchors one end of the dining room.
While all the walls have been freshly painted and there is a new floor in the bar, the most obvious element of the summer facelift is the mural that has been added to the sliding wall that connects the main dining room with the San Remo Room.
Houston artist John Palmer, who has created murals and paintings for Vallone's Ciao Bello, has painted a vast wall of pastel-hued bamboo that anchors one end of the dining room, providing a vibrant backdrop for the Three Graces, the granite sculpture by Jesus Moroles.
It's the same design but a more vibrant color in the private party room where the new design adds a welcome punch to the decor.
Discussing the refurbishment, Vallone tells CultureMap, "It's time for new, the same look but new . . . we're just freshening up."
By mid-August, the "freshening" should be complete with all dining chairs recovered, the banquettes recovered and perhaps a few tweaks in the bar area. Already, new wine display racks have been installed in the wine cellar and the wine library, the same wine racks that are employed in Vallone's Steakhouse. Additional paintings by Palmer have been added throughout.