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2 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013
The sleek reincarnation of The Palm opens its doors to a sell-out crowd of giddy diners. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 Monsignor Rossi, Sandy Ganzi, Wally Ganzi
Monsignor Frank  Rossi, left, poses with Sandy and Wally Ganzi just before he blesses the new and improved restaurant site. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The Palm Houston interiors July 2013 dining room
The updated interiors are fresh and expanded to 9,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of © Palm Restaurant
7 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 crowd, venue
On the official re-opening night, the bar at The Palm is packed. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 Scott Siek, Wally Ganzi, Jimmy Martin
The Palm key players: GM Scott Sieck, from left, co-owner/co-chairman Wally Ganzi and Houston executive director Jimmy Martin. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The Palm Houston interiors July 2013 bar lounge
The bar is focal point on entry to the redesigned Palm. Photo courtesy of © Palm Restaurant
9 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 Fu Nig, Arron Chen, Sherry Chen, Johnny Chen
The Palm regulars savoring lobster dinners included Fu Nig, from left, Arron Chen, Sherry Chen and Johnny Chen. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
19 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 crowd venue
A cozy corner in the bar of The Palm, newly renovated. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The Palm Houston interiors July 2013 10 top table
The interior murals at The Palm reflect the oil rich heritage of Houston. Photo courtesy of © Palm Restaurant
8 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 Shelby Hodge characture
CultureMap's editor-at-large Shelby Hodge has a place in history on the feature wall at The Palm.  Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The Palm Houston July 2013 Jim Martin and Scott Sieck
The Palm executive director Jim Martin, left, and general manager Scott Sieck welcome guests on opening night. Photo courtesy of © Palm Restaurant
22 The Palm Houston grand re-opening July 2013 palm symbol
The restaurant marks 75 years with a nationwide facelift. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com