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Sports celebs turn out in force for trendy new West Ave restaurant opening

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1, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Angela Mecca, Arthur Mooradian, Owen Daniels, Scott Sieck, Chef Jeff Taylor
Houston Texan Owen Daniel, center, cuts the ribbon on the new Del Frisco's Grille with an assist from Angela Mecca, from left, Arthur Mooradian, Scott Sieck and Jeff Taylor. Photo by Kim Coffman
4, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Connor Tamlyn, Emily Brlansky, Michael Weekley, Carlton Ellis
Connor Tamlyn, from left, Emily Brlansky, Michael Weekley and Carlton Ellis were among the 500 sampling the new eatery. Photo by Kim Coffman
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Houston Texans GM Rick Smith and wife Tiffany joined the party at Del Frisco's Grille. Photo by Kim Coffman
13, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Miniature chicken waffle skewers
Miniature chicken and waffle skewers were among the numerous palate-pleasing hors d'oeuvres served. Photo by Kim Coffman
9, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Romy Mitchell, Tod Eason
Dr. Romy Mitchell and Tod Eason joined the Del Frisco's Grille throng. Photo by Kim Coffman
12, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, John Andell, Stacy Andell
Stacy and John Andell made the step-and-repeat at the grille. Photo by Kim Coffman
11, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Jan Carson, Tim Connolly
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson stepped out on the red carpet. Photo by Kim Coffman
10, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Scott Sieck, Jared Lang
Del Frisco's Grille GM Scott Sieck, left, joined Momentum Audi's  Jared Lang at the party scene. Photo by Kim Coffman
8, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Melicia Tjoa, Rachel Rosson, Nancy Mathe
Dr. Melicia Tjoa, from left, Rachel Rosson and Nancy Mathé made the scene. Photo by Kim Coffman
7, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Aashish Shah, Roseann Rogers
Dr. Aashish Shah and Roseann Rogers at Del Frisco's Grille opening. Photo by Kim Coffman
6, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Debbie Greenbaum, Cliff Greenbaum
Debbie and Cliff Greenbaum joined the party. Photo by Kim Coffman
5, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Craig Adams, Cathy Cagle, Richard Adams
Craig Adams, from left, Cathy Cagle and Richard Adams at the Del Frisco's Grille opening. Photo by Kim Coffman
3, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Brooke Milbauer, Mary Rosenstein, Rebecca Rosensheff
Brooke Milbauer, from left, Mary Rosenstein and Rebecca Rosensheff. Photo by Kim Coffman
15, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Roz Pactor, Crystin Pactor
Roz Pactor, left, and Crystin Pactor. Photo by Kim Coffman
1, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Angela Mecca, Arthur Mooradian, Owen Daniels, Scott Sieck, Chef Jeff Taylor
4, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Connor Tamlyn, Emily Brlansky, Michael Weekley, Carlton Ellis
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13, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Miniature chicken waffle skewers
9, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Romy Mitchell, Tod Eason
12, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, John Andell, Stacy Andell
11, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Jan Carson, Tim Connolly
10, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Scott Sieck, Jared Lang
8, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Melicia Tjoa, Rachel Rosson, Nancy Mathe
7, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Dr. Aashish Shah, Roseann Rogers
6, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Debbie Greenbaum, Cliff Greenbaum
5, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Craig Adams, Cathy Cagle, Richard Adams
3, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Brooke Milbauer, Mary Rosenstein, Rebecca Rosensheff
15, Del Frisco's Grille VIP party, March 2013, Roz Pactor, Crystin Pactor

A universal "YUM!" resounded through the new Del Frisco's Grille when 500 scenesters poured in for the VIP opening party and were met with enough tasty offerings to please the entire Houston Texans team. But on this night, it was tight end Owen Daniels who had center stage as the celeb who cut the red ribbon. 

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith and wife Tiffany, Chicago Bear Fendi Onobun and Baltimore Raven James Ihedigbo were among the sports celebs that joined the grazing throng.

The lavish menu included cheese steak egg rolls, ahi tuna tacos, mini-filet sliders, garlic shrimp and chorizo flat bread, mini-chicken and waffle skewers and a seafood bar laden with plump Gulf shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Those with a sweet tooth found satisfaction in the lemon cake balls, coconut cream pie, chocolate Nutella bread pudding and adult milkshakes.

The welcome party included Del Frisco's Restaurant Group CEO Mark Mednansky in from headquarters in Dallas, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group regional manager Arthur Mooradian, Del Frisco's Grille general manager Scott Sieck and chef Jeff Taylor.

Checking out the new hotspot in West Ave and sampling the party fare were Ali Taghi, Houshang Taghi, Karen and Byron Hood, Eric Andell, Joanna and Griffin Winn, Jay Andrew and Parker Witt, Stacy and John Andell, Jared Lang, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aashish Shah, Roz Pactor, Tawnia Aswell and Dan Barton.

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