Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone, 'the king of fine dining,' has died

Tony Vallone
Tony Vallone, owner of Tony's on Richmond Avenue for 55 years, died Sept. 10. (Courtesy Tony's)

Tony Vallone, owner of Tony's on Richmond Avenue for 55 years, died Sept. 10. (Courtesy Tony's)

Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone has died, according to a Sept. 10 statement from his restaurant.

In honor of his legacy, Tony's in Greenway Plaza at 3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, will be closed for the weekend and reopens Sept. 14. The restaurant has served Houston for over 55 years.


“I’ve lost the love of my life and best friend, but I will continue Tony’s legacy," said Donna Vallone, Tony's wife of 36 years.

According to the statement, a memorial service will be held. Details will be announced at a later date.

"Today, Houston lost the king of fine dining," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "Presidents, celebrities, and Houstonians wanting a fine meal were drawn to Tony's over the years, not just for the food but knowing that it would be a one-of-a kind experience." 713-622-6778. www.tonyshouston.com