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NFL owners take over Houston bistro for heavy-duty wining and dining

NFL owners take over Houston bistro for heavy-duty wining and dining

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The bistro at Vallone's was hopping Tuesdaty night with NFL owners. Photo by Julie Soefer/Courtesy of Vallone's
Jerry Jones at the Cardinals game
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones among the gridiron moguls dining at the Gateway Memorial restaurant. Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys
Vallone's seafood tower
The seafood tower was a popular item among the NFL owners. Photo by Julie Soefer
News, Vallone's bistro, new design, Jan. 2016
Vallone's bistro has a new, clubby look.  Courtesy photo
2 Vallone's entrance December 2013
Jerry Jones at the Cardinals game
Vallone's seafood tower
News, Vallone's bistro, new design, Jan. 2016

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 JonesSteve 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.