The National Football League's big guns, in Houston for two days of owner meetings, seemed to have worked up an appetite Tuesday after voting in favor of the St. Louis Rams relocation to Los Angeles. The gridiron moguls headed to Vallone's for a fireside feast.
A who's who of team owners gathered at tables in front of the 12-foot fireplace in the restaurant's newly-designed bistro in Gateway Memorial to chew the fat on their decision that has Los Angeles jumping for joy. St. Louis not so much.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, majordomo of the owners group making the decisions, welcomed the heady group. Terry Peguila of the Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Steve Bisciotti of the Baltimore Ravens, Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins, Patrick Bowlen of the Denver Broncos, Stan Kroenke of the St. Louis (Los Angeles) Rams, and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and friends were among those filling the packed restaurant.
On the menu — 55-day dry-aged steaks, shellfish towers and plenty of vintage Bordeaux.
Vallone's principals Tony Vallone and Scott Sulma were beaming over the NFL throng.